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Reviving national agitation to advising Kejriwal on Yadav,Bhushan: Decoding Hazare s Delhi visit
28 July 2015
,28/July/2015 (ITNN)>>>> Anna Hazare is desperately seeking a national issue to catapult him back to his 2011 days,when he had fired the entire country's imagination with his crusade against corruption. Ever since Arvind Kejriwal stole the wind out of Anna's sails,he has tried to espouse several national causes, but nothing has given him the same success as the India Against Corruption(IAC) movement. Hazare's next attempt to mobilize the masses on the issue of 'One Rank,One Pension(OROP) for the ex-servicemen and the controversial Land Acquisition Bill is loaded with symbolism.

He will head back to the same Ramlila Maidan in Delhi from where he had led the anti-corruption movement,and will do so on Mahatma Gandhi's birth anniversary on 2 October. He made his intentions clear in a protest rally of ex-servicemen organized in New Delhi on Sunday. The Defence Minister had promised the ex-servicemen that OROP would be implemented, but two months' have passed and nothing has been done. On 2 October, we'll launch our agitation on this issue. We'll again stage demonstration rally and for this we've to prepare like we did in 2011 at the Ramlila Maidan.

We'll go to people, and if needed, I'll resort to fasting," Hazare announced while addressing the rally. However, along with a national issue, Anna Hazare also needs a trusted lieutenant like Arvind Kejriwal, whose full support he had in the movement against corruption in 2011. Did Hazare meet Delhi CM Kejriwal on Sunday because of this? Hazare almost had an hour-long meeting with Kejriwal and deputy CM Manish Sisodia. During the discussion, Hazare took up the issue of the expulsion of two former Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan. 

He reportedly told Kejriwal that Yadav and Bhushan had been old associates, who had worked together in the IAC movement and the issue should have been amicably resolved. Both the leaders, who later formed Swaraj Abhiyan were expelled from AAP in April for anti-party activities after they had questioned the party leadership for arbitrary functioning within the organisation. During his meeting with the ex-servicemen,Anna ji has announced that he will begin his movement in Delhi on 2 October on the issues of OROP and Land bill.

In the evening when he met Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal,he raised the issue of expulsion of Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan. Kejriwal also briefed Anna ji about the work his government has done in Delhi,after coming to power,a source close to Hazare who was accompanying him,told Firstpost. Hazare has re-scheduled his mass movement to October,which was earlier supposed to take place in June-July. After being in the limelight for taking a strong position against the Narendra Modi government's amended version of the 2013 Land Acquisition Act (which he said was anti-farmer),the 78-year old social activist from Ralegan Sidhi in Maharashtra, has gone slow.

Earlier,the plan was to have a mass contact programme with farmers and a padyatra from Sevagram to Delhi,followed by Jail Bharo Aandolan if the government refused to budge on the issue. Prior to his meeting with the Delhi CM,Hazare had told media persons that he would ask Kejriwal about the expulsion of the two former AAP members,besides raising the issue of not appointing a Lokpal. It was a cordial meeting.

Besides,discussing other issues,the CM briefed Anna Hazare about the work he has done in the past months the initiatives launched by the Delhi government, like Aam Aadmi canteen,mobile clinic,the anti-graft work undertaken by the Delhi government,etc. He was also briefed about the work done by the Anti- Corruption Branch and how the Centre had been creating obstacles in its functioning,an AAP source said.