Hazare made it plain that Kejriwal’s and his parting was final, leaving little room for reconciliation.
Writing in his blog, Hazare repeated that he had nothing to do with Kejriwal’s political project, saying it was launched in violation of his wishes. The veteran agitator also warned people not to trust those who used his name and tried to associate themselves with his movement.
The blog cast aside the pretense of continuing engagement with Kejriwal and comrades, virtually blowing always the ambiguity that the latter have sought to maintain even when they are going their respective ways.
Although left stunned by Hazare going public with his opposition his plan to foray into political arena, Kejriwal has maintained that Anna would come around to bless his enterprise after a while. He has downplayed the differences making them seem like a case of estrangement.
However on Friday, Hazare made it plain that their parting was final, leaving little room for reconciliation.
“Those who favour party have been saying that if Anna says, then they will not form a party. But despite that, they have decided to go ahead with the plan against my decision. Sometimes, it is also said they were forming the party because Anna has decided so. This is not right,” he said.
The Kejriwal-led group refused to comment on the blog.
The blog followed suggestions in pro- Kejriwal circles that the Gandhian from Ralegan could be playing into the hands of RSS. It has been claimed that Anna had meet with Baba Ramdeve and other pro-RSS people the evening before he publicly disengaged himself with Kejriwal’s plan to enter politics.
Hazare took on the efforts to link him with some parties and “communal” outfits.
The 75-year-old activist also said the movement was not divided in the past two years despite efforts by UPA government. But, he added, now it had split even without the government putting in any effort as one group wanted to take the electoral route.
Expressing confidence that Lokpal Bill would be passed before the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, he said, “Unfortunately, the movement has split even before we got the bill. One wants to go political and the other wants to keep the movement alive. Now, there is an effort to link me with some party, or communal organizations. I have never in my life been a part of any such organization. Till my last breath, I will not be part of any such thing… the movement has split due to politics.”
He added, “Efforts are on to destroy whatever is left now. People should not fall into such accusations. As elections are nearing, some party will try to misuse my name to garner votes. They will try to associate myself with them. There will be misuse of the movement’s name. You should not trust all these. The movement will remain movement only. Because it is sacred.”
Hazare also tackled the prickly issue of funds, saying all funds collected at Ramlila Maidan and Jantar Mantar were with India Against Corruption and he had not taken any. The Gandhian indicated that he would soon collect funds to start an office in Delhi that was necessary for the movement to grow.