27 January, 2021

‘It Was Annaji’s Idea, He Was Toying With It. They’ve Been Working On Him.”

The man often described as Anna Hazare's lieutenant maps the political road ahead.

Sanjay Rawat
‘It Was Annaji’s Idea, He Was Toying With It. They’ve Been Working On Him.”

Days after Anna Hazare withdrew support to the political initiative proposed by Arvind Kejriwal and others, the man often described as his lieutenant has hit the roads again. Burning inflated power bills, protesting the diesel price hike and FDI in multi-brand retail and facing opposition from some key members of his team, this time Kejriwal minus Anna is back to convince people that Lokpal is not a lost cause and the way to realise it is by getting into Parliament. In a conversation with Anuradha Raman, Kejriwal maps the political road ahead.

Did Anna Hazare’s declaration last week announcing his disengagement from the political party you wish to float take you by surprise?

I am emotionally attached to Annaji and this decision has been a huge setback for me and the movement. I can only hazard a guess as to why he chose to disengage with the movement after supporting it initially. External forces were at work here and we knew that they have been working on Annaji for...



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