Anna skipped meeting as he is unwell: Mamata

Mamata-BanerjeeNew Delhi, March 12 : An embarrassed West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said Wednesday that social activist Anna Hazare skipped her rally here because he was unwell.

The much publicised joint rally of Hazare and the Trinamool chief ended with the former keeping away and organisers admitting that the crowd turnout was poor.

"Anna is not keeping well. He has congestion...," a visibly disappointed Banerjee told the media later.

Banerjee, who was the only speaker, appealed to the people to radically change the country's political system.

"There is a dangerous trend of two big political parties along with some other groups setting up a syndicate to serve their own interests...

"This sort of outlook is detrimental to the interests of the people and (affects) the democratic institutions."

She said she was aware of her "limitations. Still, we are fighting the (Lok Sabha) battle alone." (IANS)