Aam Aadmi Party on Tuesday slammed social activist and former mentor of Arvind Kejriwal, Anna Hazare, for criticising and questioning the functioning of the Delhi government. Hazare has been unsparing in his criticism of his onetime ‘Shishya’.
Even Kejriwal sacking three of his six ministers has not won Anna’s confidence. But within the party, however, the mood is defiant. Hitting out at Hazare, AAP’s Delhi unit convenor, Dilip Pandey said, "We have always taken suggestions from Anna Hazare." Reacting to recent developments in the party, Pandey said, "We always look within. It is a process, and processes are in place.Each time elections come, this is the story that AAP is finished." He said what is not helping AAP is people from within are expressing opinion divergent from that of Arvind Kejriwal. His close confidante Ashutosh’s blog is a case in point. While he agreed with the party’s decision to sack Sandeep Kumar, he had a more tolerant view of the minister’s act in the face of reports that the sex was consensual.
However, the party later distanced itself from his views. Earlier in the day, Hazare,while expressing that he was disappointed by Kejriwal, had said, "Arvind has been with me for many years. I was very hopeful for Arvind. I was hoping that he will set a different example for politics in India and also that he will give a different direction to the nation." Hazare continued and said that he was "very saddened to see" that some of Arvind Kejriwal’s colleagues have gone to jail while others are indulging in fraudulent activities. Hazare was the root of the anti-corruption movement that began in 2011, demanding the introduction of Jan Lokpal Bill. Kejriwal then was an active participant of the movement, but later split to form the Aam Aadmi Party. Hazare&’s remarks came against the backdrop of the surfacing of sacked Delhi minister, Sandeep Kumar&’s sex tape. Kumar was later arrested by Delhi police after the woman in the video pressed charges of rape against him.