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I skipped rally with Mamata because I was misled: Anna Hazare

March 14, 2014 15:51 IST

I skipped rally with Mamata because I was misled: Anna Hazare

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Anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare, who left Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee red-faced two days back, said that he had skipped the poorly attended rally because he was misled.

He maintained that he does not support any of the political parties, but endorses Banerjee individually as she is the best of all the chief ministers in the country.

Breaking his silence on his absence at the much-hyped 'joint' rally with Banerjee at Ramlila ground on Wednesday, Hazare told reporters in New Delhi that he had skipped the meet as he had been misled.

He said he had been told to attend a rally organised by Banerjee while the Trinamool chief had been told it was Anna Hazare's rally.

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Image: West Bengal CM addresses her supporters in front of a portrait of Mahatma Gandhi during a rally ahead of the 2014 general elections, in New Delhi March
Photographs: Anindito Mukherjee/Reuters

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'I found out only 2,000 0r 2,500 people attending rally'

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"When I came to Delhi, by noon I found out there were only 2,000 or 2,500 people attending the rally. I thought that something is amiss, as there weren’t even 4,000 people at the Ramlila ground even though it was teeming with people when he had staged protests there. This was the mistake, this was the dhokhadhadi (deceit)," he said on Friday, while naming one of the organisers for it.

Earlier, his aides had claimed that he could not attend the rally because he was "unwell".

His absence at the rally had left Banerjee embarrassed as the event to mark her arrival on the national scene had turned out to be a damp squib.

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Image: A supporter of Mamata Banerjee cheers on during a rally in New Delhi
Photographs: Anindito Mukherjee/Reuters

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'I have respect for Mamata, she's the best of all CMs'

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On whom he would endorse, the anti-graft crusader said he would not support any party because the country had not become a real democracy because of the party system. At the same time, he endorsed Banerjee individually because he wanted a stable government to be formed in the country.

"I have respect for Mamata. Of all the chief ministers in the country, she is the best. Her sacrifice, her character, her ideology. I supported her and not the party," Hazare told reporters.

Hazare said he did not approve of any of those currently in race for prime ministership.


Image: Media reports had earlier said that Hazare skipped the rally because he was uwell

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