Hazare's praise for Modi rule irks activists

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on April 12, 2011

Anna Hazare's appreciation of the Gujarat Chief Minister, Mr Narendra Modi, has annoyed some supporters of his anti-corruption crusade.

Member of the National Advisory Council and social activist, Ms Aruna Roy, Ms Medha Patkar and others said they were shocked that “Anna Hazareji after receiving support from all of us, publicly appreciated the rule as well as the rural development work of the Chief Minister of Gujarat, Mr Narendra Modi.”

‘Callous govt'

A statement issued on Tuesday, endorsed by many social activists, said that apart from Mr Modi's role in the 2002 communal riots, his government had “only showed callousness and contempt for farmers and other natural resource-based communities in Gujarat.”

They wondered if Mr Modi was so committed to an institution such as Jan Lokpal, how could the Lokpal's post be vacant in Gujarat since 2005.


The activists alleged that the Gujarat Government had suppressed corruption in land purchases while submitting exaggerated data on relief distributed in the drought-hit areas of Kutch and Saurashtra and the rural population.

“The common people of India have supported the battle against corruption with faith in our campaign and credibility as people's movements based on the core values of equity, justice, democracy, secularism and plurality. This should not be compromised at any cost,” the activists said in the statement.

Published on April 12, 2011

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