Anna backtracks, won’t support Kejriwal

Five days after giving a certificate of "selfless service" to Arvind Kejriwal and a promise to campaign only for the Aam Aadmi Party, Anna Hazare, in a U-turn that flummoxed many in his new team, Thursday accused Kejriwal of falling prey to the "money through power and power through money" syndrome.

It was his former deputy's "political ambitions" that split the original Team Anna, he said. "I thought I will vote for AAP but now I find it difficult because it is being seen that it is moving towards the path of 'money through power and power through money', I will not be anywhere near them," he said speaking at a conclave organised by Aaj Tak channel.

Asked whether Kejriwal had become greedy, he said, "That's right. Earlier I used to think that Arvind is into selfless service. I don't understand how this thought of entering politics came into his mind."

This is a dramatic turnaround from his statement barely two months ago that he would personally further Kejriwal's cause should he contest against Kapil Sibal. Hazare has been vacillating since the official announcement of the split with Team Kejriwal on September 19 but this is the first time he has indicted Kejriwal for the split and used such strong language against him.

This comes two days after Kejriwal's press conference, where he accused Gujarat CM Narendra Modi of financial irregularities and for granting undue favours to the Adanis.

Meanwhile, Hazare's latest tirade has caused discomfort within his new team, with many saying public washing of dirty linen could well be the beginning of the end not just for the movement but for Hazare's goodwill, showing Kejriwal, who has steered clear of controversial statements, as a more astute statesman.

He didn't spare Ramdev either. "This revolution is not complete. We all, Ramdev, Arvind, should fight together. Arvind faltered on the way. Ramdev should severe links with communal outfits," he said.

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