Anna will be back with us within 3-4 months, says Kejriwal
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Days after a split on the issue of forming a party, Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday expressed hope that Anna Hazare will be back with his group in another "three-four months".
"Anna is in our hearts. It is just that while he believes that politics is dirty, we are of the view that we have to enter politics to clean it. He will come back in three-four months once he see our honest and dedicated work," Kejriwal said. The meeting, convened to protest electricity tariff hike, was by far his most dismal show ever with a gathering of 300-odd people.
It was supposed to be 'Team Kejriwal's' first show of strength after the split with Hazare last week over the move to go political but turned out to be a damp squib with no one but volunteers and office-bearers turning up, raising a question mark on the 76 per cent positive votes in the referendum on the political party.
The protest, which is seen as a prelude to its entry into politics formally, nevertheless demonstrated keenness of the Kejriwal-led group to fight the Delhi Assembly elections slated next year as it targeted the Congress government in the capital. Kejriwal alleged "connivance" between the Delhi government and private discoms "to loot the people".
The Kejriwal faction has earlier indicated that it will not fight the Assembly elections in BJP-ruled Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh scheduled later this year, as it may not be able to get its act together by then.
Kejriwal announced a new "Civil Disobedience Movement" asking people not to pay bills if Sheila Dikshit government does not order CAG audit of private discoms.
"We should not pay power bills. We will have a new Civil Disobedience Movement," Kejriwal said. He accused the Prime Minister of lying on the issue of FDI and diesel price hike and said, "The Prime Minister says capping supply of subsidised LPG cylinders and diesel hike as reforms. This is not reform but deforming the country."
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