The crusader met the yoga guru at a house in posh Golf Links of Delhi, informed Ramdev's spokesperson Pramod Joshi on Thursday, Sept 20. According to sources, former Indian Army chief VK Singh too was present during the hush-hush meeting in the national capital.
Anna is believed to have stated that he would support Ramdev's movement against the government to protest against corruption and in bringing back black money if the yoga guru assures him that their agenda will remain a non-political movement.
The meeting was held hours after Anna's shocking announcement on breaking ties with one of his crucial aides Kejriwal who had played an important role during Team Anna's agitation against the government demanding to pass Lokpal Bill.
Backed by activists including Kiran Bedi and Justice Santosh Hegde, Hazare told the other group during the nine-hour deliberations that they were free to form a political party but cannot use his name or photo for their campaign. "It is unfortunate that the team has separated...I will not join any party or any group. I will not go for their campaign. I have told them not to use my photo or my name in their campaign. You fight on your own," he told reporters here.
Hazare refused to accept the survey done by India Against Corruption which overwhelmingly favoured a political path, saying he does not agree with the exercise done through social networking sites. "My best wishes are with them (those taking political path). There is no harm in it. If they think that they can get a majority in Parliament, it is good...The paths have been separated. Both of us have chosen our (separate paths)."
When pointed out that Kejriwal had earlier declared that he will not form any party if Hazare does not approve it, he said if that was the case, then the party should not be formed but "it is a good thing". The discussions saw a section alleging that Hazare was "exploited" by the Kejriwal group. It was countered by others saying "people in Delhi have made Anna what he is now".
Reacting to the developments, Kejriwal tweeted, "country is on sale. It is passing through a very difficult phase. I will do everything possible for me to save my country."
Bedi, who is opposed to forming the party, tweeted, "Anna finally distances himself from political option. Moves to strengthen the movement. May bring together anti-corruption movements."
(With PTI inputs)