Pics: Narendra Modi not communal, says Anna Hazare

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Indore, July 18: Social activist and anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare on Wednesday rubbished claims that Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi is communal, as the latter's critics have been maintaining throughout.

The veteran leader, however, said that he could not join the BJP for he is associated with a political party.

Hazare took a dig at the UPA over several scams and said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should resign on moral grounds. He said Singh was also in charge of the coal ministry when the multi-crore Coalgate took place.

In Bhopal

Social activist Anna Hazare with the former Army Chief, General V K Singh perform abhishek of Lord Mahakal at Mahakal Temple during his Jantantra Yatra in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh.

In Mumbai

Social activist Anna Hazare with Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan light up a lamp at an award function in Mumbai.

In Ajmer

Social activist Anna Hazare and former army Chief Gen (retd.) VK Singh at the shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti in Ajmer, Rajasthan.

In Bikaner

Social activist Anna Hazare with a kid at a public meeting at Junagarh Fort in Bikaner, Rajasthan.

In Rohtak

Social activist Anna Hazare with former Army Chief General (retd) V K Singh and Abhi Jiilani during the Jantantra Yatra in Rohtak, Haryana.

He also said that the Parliament is full of "corrupt people and criminals" and said the prime minister should be elected directly by the people.

Hazare said his Janatantra Yatra was aimed at restoring democracy in its true spirit and compel the government to force the much talked-about Lokpal Bill. Earlier, he had said that corruption is the biggest menace and a strong Jan Lokpal Act could address it.

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