Apr 13, 2011 at 11:04pm IST
New Delhi: To the continuing fallout of Anna Hazare’s praise for Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s governance, activists are taking him on. After Mallika Sarabhai, Medha Patkar has now demanded an explanation.
Damning Anna’s comment as shocking, Patkar now demands an explanation by saying, “We strongly disapprove of his statement. Why give credit to Modi when the post of Lokayukta has been vacant for six years?”
“Our ways must be separate,” said Malika Sarabhai.
Forced on the backfoot, Anna was quick to clarify. But there were no references to Modi or any explaination, it was just an appeal to remain united.
“Don’t let any propaganda influence you against this movement…those threatened of the lokpal movement are dividing us,” he said.
“Medha and we all understand that Anna can never endorse anything in Modi raj or any other raj,” explained Swami Agnivesh.
Meanwhile the people’s hero, as he is being called, has come under renewed attack from the Congress and the BJP over his anti-politician statements.
The political class feeling the pinch of Anna’s campaign is now cautiously making its skepticism apparent. Even the BJP, gloating over the endorsement of its poster boy Narandra Modi, has been critical of neta-bashing. And for once, both the congress and the saffron outfit seems to be on the same page.
“I am glad to hear Anna praise Modi and Nitish, but tarnishing all politicians as corrupt is not a healthy sign for democracy,” said senior BJP leader LK Advani.
“There are bad apples in every set up…you cannot call everyone corrupt,” said Congress leader Digvijay Singh.
Anna’s biggest supporters are now turning into his critics, even threatening to part ways. And not surprisingly, the strongest voices are coming out of Gujarat.
But in doing so, they will only weaken a people’s movement that tasted remarkable success.