Mumbai: MNS chief Raj Thackeray and noted water conservationist Rajendra Singh met social activist Anna Hazare, who has been sitting on an indefinite hunger strike over his demand for appointment of anti-corruption watchdogs at the Centre and in Maharashtra.On the sixth day of Mr Hazare’s fast, Thackeray met the 81-year-old anti-graft crusader at his protest site in Ralegan Siddhi village of Ahmednagar district in Maharashtra and extended his full support to his agitation and asked him not to sacrifice his life for the “useless” government.He asked Mr Hazare to end his protest and conduct a joint tour of the state with him to “bury” the BJP-led government. The MNS leader and Mr Hazare held a closed door meeting at a room in the Yadav baba temple premises for around 20 minutes.
Other side Fasting activist Anna Hazare said on Monday that he was “used by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)” to win the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.“Yes. The BJP used me in 2014. Everybody knows that it was my agitation for Lokpal that catapulted the BJP and also the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) to power. Now I have lost all regards for them,” Hazare told the media in his Ralegan-Siddhi village.
He said the government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi “is only misleading the people of the country and leading the country to autocracy” and added that the BJP-led Maharashtra government was speaking “lies” over the past four years.
“For how long will the lies continue? This government has let down the people of the country. The state government’s claims that 90 percent of my demands have been conceded are also false,” the 81-year old said.He rued that now the very same people who benefitted from his agitations in 2011 and 2014 had turned their backs on his demands and nothing had been done to implement them in the past five years.
Hazare said in the past four years Centre led the country to autocracy. He also attacked Maharashtra government, also led by BJP, saying all they did was lie.”The state government’s claims that 90 percent of my demands have been conceded are also false,” he said.He added those who supported him in 2011 and 2014 turned their backs on him.