Social activist Anna Hazare recently met Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and told him clearly shant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav should not have been expelled from the party, suggesting that there should be reconciliation as the two are “old colleagues”. In a nearly 50-minute meeting here with the Gandhian activist, Kejriwal, along with Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, is understood to have briefed Hazare about the work done by his government in Delhi.
“Anna (Hazare) raised the issue of Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan’s expulsion with Kejriwal. He told them that they are old colleagues who have been a part of the anti-graft movement. “Kejriwal also briefed Anna about the work he has done in the past months — initiatives like the Aam Aadmi canteen, mobile clinic and the anti-graft work undertaken by the Delhi government,” a source close to Hazare said. Before the meeting, Hazare had told reporters that he would ask Kejriwal about the expulsion of the two former AAP members, besides raising the issue of not appointing a Lokpal.
“We told Anna ji about the good work done by the Delhi government. We also briefed him about the work done by the Anti-Corruption Branch and how the centre is creating impediments in its functioning,” Sisodia said. When asked about the appointment of Lokpal in Delhi, he said, “The Lokpal bill will be brought in the next session.”
Bhushan and Yadav were expelled from the party in April for “anti-party” activities after they questioned the party leadership and functioning within the organisation. Bhushan, along with his father Shanti, was part of the core committee of Hazare’s Janlokpal movement. It may be noted that Anna Hazare had returned antar Mantar — the venue that saw him spearhead the anti-corruption movement — this time to throw his weight behind a protest for the implementation of One Rank One Pension (OROP) by the Centre.
Hazare accused the Modi government of failing to deliver even on a “single promise”. He vowed to travel across the country to rally support for the OROP cause. “They promised implement OROP at a rally in Rohtak before the elections. Shaheed Diwas (Kargil Vijay Diwas) is not a day to make speeches. We will do whatever (we can) for (implementation of) One Rank One Pension. I will go to many states across the country and do rallies,” Hazare said.