AAP urges Anna to rethink his stand

The Pune unit of AAP has urged social crusader Anna Hazare to change his stand and support the party. "Had Anna campaigned in Delhi, AAP would have swept to power," said party's Pune convenor Maruti Bhapkar. He said anti-corruption activists will be sad as there was a chance to present a corruption-free government. "If Anna had campaigned for AAP, we would have won hands down," he said.

"It would have then given us the opportunity that Anna himself has been looking for: to present a corruption-free government. We could have set a new standard of governance for the country," he said. Urging Anna to do a rethink on his stand, the AAP Pune unit said it was confident of Anna's support during the state and general election next year. "We are confident that Anna would realise his mistake and join us against the corrupt rulers," he said.

Meanwhile, the AAP celebrated party's success by taking out rallies. "Arvind Kejriwal's win against Sheila Dikshit is like winning against Sharad Pawar in Baramati," said Subhash Ware, national executive member of AAP. He was speaking at a rally near Alka Talkies in Shaniwar Wada on Sunday.

"Passing the Janlokpal bill is our aim and we will have it. From local bodies like PMC to Parliament, we will work our way," said Ware.The rally saw participation of both young and old alike. A few parents had turned out with their kids. "My son is five months old. But I think supporting this party is important for the common man," said Kshama Jain, an IT proffesional.

"Win in Delhi has helped us get a place in public's eye. Now we need to repeat the same kind of dedication and work in Pune," said Aba Mule, AAP Pune secretary. "We are the alternative to the politics of muscle and money power. That's why we won," added Mule.

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