Was surprised to see Kejriwal interested in politics: Hazare

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New Delhi, Dec 6: Social activist and anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare on Thursday said that he would not vote for Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), adding that it was repeating what others have done by taking the route of 'money through power' and vice-versa. He also blamed Kejriwal's power ambition for the split in anti-corruption movement a few months ago.

Hazare, 75, said he had thought of voting for the AAP but later saw that the party was taking the same path of 'money through power' and 'power through money'.

Hazare, who had undertaken hunger protest against the government over the demand of Jan Lokpal in the recent past, said at a programme organised by a TV channel that he would not go anywhere near the AAP. Kejriwal had formed the AAP after splitting with Hazare on the question of the anti-corruption movement undertaking a political character.

Hazare had said earlier that he would support the AAP if the latter fielded honest candidates and would campaign for Kejriwal if he contested against Union Minister Kapil Sibal. Hazare said he used to feel earlier that Kejriwal was interested in selfless service but was surprised to see later that the man was keen to enter politics. He also agreed that Kejriwal's political ambition led to the split in the ranks of the anti-corruption crusade.

Hazare rued that the movement against graft, which was a first major movement after the independence aiming for a systematic change, was affected by the split.

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