New Delhi, 18 February-2014 (IANS): Amid talks of Anna Hazare supporting Trinamool Congress in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, the social activist Monday said he would campaign for Mamata Banerjee if she agrees to work on a 17-point nationalist program suggested by him and also sought an affidavit from her.
Social Worker Anna Hazare Formally Wants Affidavit from Mamata Banerjee
The social activist had sent a 17-point suggestion to all political parties about pro-people policies and asked them whether they would implement it if they came to power.
Anna Hazare said: ‘I wrote a letter to every party asking them whether they are ready to work on 17 issues that India is facing today. No political party is thinking about changing the economic system. Only Mamata Banerjee agreed to implement those 17 agendas if voted to power. I will campaign for her party if she commits to these issues in written.’ Hazare said he would meet Mamata on Tuesday to discuss the 17-point agenda.
“We will meet tomorrow to discuss how to go about the 17-point programme in detail,” he said.
Anna Hazare also refused to comment Arvind Kejriwal’s stand on corruption but added that the former Delhi Chief Minister should have proof before calling anyone corrupt. “What can I say about him? It is his personal opinion. But one must provide concrete evidence before releasing a list of corrupt people otherwise it is useless,” he said.
A post on the Trinamool website said the two would hold talks Feb 18 to discuss the modalities of the election campaign. Anna Hazare had sent a 17-point suggestion to all political parties about pro-people policies and asked them whether they would implement it if they came to power. None but Mamata replied.
The Trinamool Congress supremo has made clear time and again of her intentions to play a decisive role in the centre after the general elections.
The Congress, however, scoffed at any understanding between Banerjee and Anna. “It will be a big joke if Anna Hazare joins hands with Mamata. Earlier Anna used to say he will not join politics, but, after watching Arvind Kejriwal, he too now seems to be growing a desire.