Fasting Anna Hazare says BJP 'used him' in 2014
Activist Anna Hazare, whose fast entered the sixth day on Monday, said the Bharatiya Janata Party 'used him' in 2014 and his agitation helped the saffron party come to power. The 81-year-old went on an indefinite hunger strike in his village Ralegan-Siddhi demanding the appointment of Lokpal and Lokayuktas. Anna slammed the Narendra Modi government for not fulfilling its promises. Here's more.
Hazare said in the past four years Centre led the country to autocracy. He also attacked Maharashtra government, also led by BJP, saying all they did was lie. "The state government's claims that 90 percent of my demands have been conceded are also false," he said. He added those who supported him in 2011 and 2014 turned their backs on him.
"They keep saying that central and state government ministers will come and discuss the issues with me. But I say no to them as it would confuse the people... (Let) them take firm decisions and give me everything in writing," he said.
Hazare has been sharply criticizing the BJP since he started the protest. On the fourth day of his strike, he said PM Modi would be responsible if anything happened to him. He said he would be remembered as someone who tackled situations. Accusing PM Modi of breaching people's faith, he also said he would return his Padma Bhushan if the demands aren't met.
Hazare's fast got the Centre criticism from all quarters. Sanjay Raut of Shiv Sena, BJP's ally, supported him and urged him to start an agitation like Jayaprakash Narayan. MNS chief Raj Thackeray said BJP didn't care if Hazare lived or died. Attacking Arvind Kejriwal, Thackeray said no one knew him before Hazare agitation. "Now he doesn't bother to pay a visit," Thackeray said.