Anna on Arvind: Just his first victory

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Veteran anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare congratulated his former protege Arvind Kejriwal for the stellar performance of his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the Delhi Assembly elections.

"Arvind has created a universe out of zero. He took tremendous efforts and earned the faith of the people of Delhi. I congratulate him. This is only a first victory for him. He will go on in future to do the same nationally," Hazare told reporters in his Ralegan Siddhi village.

A fortnight before Delhi went to polls, Anna had accused Kejriwal of abusing his name and collecting money by selling 'Anna SMS Cards' without his consent. This, along with a sting operation done by a news portal that showed some Aam Aadmi Party candidates accepting donation in cash, had put Kejriwal and his candidates on the defensive immediately before polling.

On Sunday, however, Anna was all praise for Kejriwal with whom he rocked Delhi twice in April 2011 and August 2011 during the Jan Lokpal agitation. He said even if Aam Aadmi Party sits in opposition, he was sure Kejriwal's party will play the role effectively.

"Arvind has idealism and a socialist and nationalistic point of view. I am sure he will rein in the rulers when he occupies the opposition bench," Anna said.

He however, wondered how Kejriwal would fulfill his promise of enacting the Lokpal Bill as Aam Aadmi Party had not got a majority.

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