Anna Hazare

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.

Anna Hazare announces support to Mamata Banerjee

Anna-HazareNew Delhi, Feb 19 : Social activist Anna Hazare Wednesday said he would support West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.

"The reason I am here is to announce my support to didi (Mamata Banerjee). I am supporting didi not because of her party, but due to her thoughts towards the country and society," said Hazare while addressing a press conference here along with Banerjee.

"I spent my entire life for the country and the society. For the first time, I have met a person like didi who thinks for the country and society," Hazare added.

Kejriwal unwell, cancels trip to meet Anna

Kejriwal unwell, cancels trip to meet AnnaRalegan-Siddhi (Maharashtra)/New Delhi, Dec 12 - Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal has cancelled his scheduled visit to Ralegan-Siddhi to meet anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare who is on an indefinite hunger strike, an aide said Thursday.

"Arvind Kejriwal sent a message that he cannot come today (Thursday) owing to ill-health, but will send some of his party officials to meet Hazare. He is expected to come as soon as he feels better," the aide told IANS.

Court seeks reply over Anna SMS cards

Anna-SMS-cardsNew Delhi, Nov 30 : A court here Saturday asked Delhi Police to file an action taken report on a plea seeking an FIR against the erstwhile Team Anna for allegedly cheating people by selling Anna SMS cards.

The Anna SMS card was distributed during the movement against corruption led by Team Anna, also called India Against Corruption (IAC) in 2012, with a coupon of Rs. 25, for the purpose of receiving news alerts and updates on the anti-corruption movement.

A subscription was valid for a year, but the service was abruptly discontinued.

Not misusing Anna's name for campaigning: Kejriwal

arvind-kejriwalNew Delhi, Nov 20 : Aam Admi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal Wednesday denied that the party was misusing Anna Hazare's name during the Delhi assembly poll campaign and charged that there was a conspiracy to mislead the social activist.

"Anna said yesterday (Tuesday) that some people showed him posters with his photo being used for AAP. We told Anna that the posters were not real," said Kejriwal.

"It means fake posters were printed. There is a conspiracy to mislead Anna against us," he said.

'Kejriwal not my enemy': Anna Hazare

Anna-HazareRalegan Siddhi (Maharashtra), Nov 20 : Veteran social activist Anna Hazare on Tuesday said that Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal was not his enemy.

"I am ready to talk to him. We are not enemies. I wrote to him because I had a few doubts that needed to be clarified," he told media here today

He further revealed that he wrote a letter to Kejriwal to clarify whether his name was being misused by the AAP during its election campaigns.

"He (Kejriwal) said that Anna Hazare's Jan Lokpal Bill would be passed on 29th December. But using my name is wrong," he said.

Intermediaries do not let me talk to Anna Hazare: Kejriwal

Arvind-KejriwalNew Delhi, Nov 19 : Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal today said he has tried several times to speak to the man he calls his "guru," Anna Hazare, but "intermediaries... people in the middle" don't allow him to.

"Intermediaries do not let me talk to Anna Hazare, have tried to talk to him, people in the middle don't allow me," Kejriwal said.

Kejriwal on Monday responded to Hazare's letter regarding misuse of funds collected for the Jan Lokpal Bill, and said that he would withdraw his candidature from the Delhi Assembly elections if there is any discrepancy in AAP accounts.

Anna Hazare first recipient of new Canadian award

Anna Hazare first recipient of new Canadian awardToronto, Sep 26 : Indian anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare is the inaugural recipient of a new Canadian award that recognises individuals who fight abuse of power and suppression of human rights.

The University of British Columbia (UBC) of Canada announced Wednesday that Hazare has been selected as the first recipient of the Allard Prize that was instituted last year by Peter Allard, an alumnus of UBC's law school.

Is Anna Hazare really ready to back Modi?

Anna-HazareWashington, Aug 30 : A reported remark by Indian social activist Anna Hazare has led to speculation whether the apolitical leader is ready to endorse Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi if he leaves the Bharatiya Janata Party.

In an article in the Huffington Post Dr. Muqtedar Khan, an associate professor of Islam and global affairs at the University of Delaware, recalls the event at the Hindu Temple in Hockessin, Delaware, on Aug 20 where Hazare made the reported remark.

Special screening of 'Satyagraha' for Anna Hazare team?

Special screening of 'Satyagraha' for Anna Hazare team?Mumbai, July 23 : Reports claiming that Prakash Jha's upcoming film "Satyagraha" is inspired by Anna Hazare's movement seems to have made the members of the social activist's team curious who are said to have placed a request to watch the political drama.

"We have our eyes on 'Satyagraha' no matter what the director says. We know that the film is inspired by the Anna' movement and that Amitabh Bachchan is playing Anna. We just want to ensure that Anna or the movement is not being criticised," said a source.

Can't say if Modi is communal or not: Anna Hazare

Anna-HazareNew Delhi, July 19 : Social activist Anna Hazare Friday said he had never said that Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi was not communal.

"I didn't say that Modi is not communal. I said that I can't say, as I don't have any evidence. I have never praised him," Hazare said.

"He is leading a party (Bharatiya Janata Party) (in the next general elections) which is communal so that makes him communal too," Hazare said.

Hazare further said that the country needed the Lokpal Bill and not communalism as it will divide the society. (IANS)

Anna Hazare visits Shanti Kunj, starts Jan Jagran Yatra

Anna-HazareHaridwar, May 14 : Social activist Anna Hazare visited Shanti Kunj here, the headquarters of the Gayatri Parivar, and began his Jan Jagran Yatra for Uttarakhand Tuesday.

Speaking at the Mrityunjaya auditorium at the Dev Sanskrati University here, Hazare said he felt "charged" after visiting the campus and called for a change in the system, rather than mere change of power from one party to another.

Urging people to replace all elected representatives who did not work for the welfare of the people, Hazare said the time had come for a corruption-free and people-oriented political system.

Hazare to begin nationwide tour Sunday

Anna-HazareMumbai, March 30 : Anna Hazare will embark on a year-long, all-India tour from Sunday to campaign for a stronger Lokpal bill, electoral reforms and other issues he has been raising for the past few years, an aide said here.

The first phase of the nationwide tour, planned since a year, will kick off from Amritsar in Punjab, and then to Haryana and Uttaranchal. In these three states, the 75-year old Hazare is scheduled to address meetings in at least three dozen cities and towns, culminating in Haridwar on April 17.

Anna Hazare may attend Kejriwal’s indefinite fast

Anna Hazare may attend Kejriwal’s indefinite fastFollowing months of bitter split, Anna Hazare may once again be seen alongside Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convenor Arvind Kejriwal during an indefinite fast scheduled to start in New Delhi on March 23.

On Monday, Kejriwal met Jan Lokpal crusader Hazare at Ralegan Siddhi and invited him to attend his planned indefinite fast.

Hazare accuses government of Lokpal betrayal, threatens to start another agitation

Anna-HazareNew Delhi, Feb 1 : Accusing the government of going back on its assurances to give a strong Lokpal Bill, anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare on Friday threatened to start another country-wide agitation to achieve his demand of a pro-people Jan Lokpal.

Slamming the government Lokpal draft, Hazare took on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and accused them of not fulfilling the promises made to him, while addressing reporters at Constitution Club in the Capital.

Cabinet clears Lokpal Bill with amendments, Hazare rejects new draft

Anna-Hazare4New Delhi/ Patna, Jan 31 : The Union Cabinet on Thursday approved the draft of the proposed Lokpal Bill with major amendments suggested by the Select Committee of the Rajya Sabha, based on recommendations from various political parties.

However, ant-graft activist Anna Hazare rejected the new draft too, saying the bill proposed by the Cabinet is useless as it is unable to eradicate corruption from the country.

The Lokpal Bill was passed by the Lok Sabha during the winter session of Parliament in 2011, but ran into hurdles in the Rajya Sabha.

Anna takes on Sonia, says Congress not willing to root out corruption

Anna-Hazare51Patna, Jan 29 : Veteran social activist Anna Hazare on Tuesday said that he was not at all impressed with UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi''''s assurances that the Lokpal Bill will be passed in the upcoming Budget Session, and added that the ruling Congress Party at the Centre has no intention of having a corruption free country.

Talking about the letter written by Sonia Gandhi, Hazare said they have been giving false assurances to the people from the last two years and have no intension of having a corruption free country.

Anna team blames Team Arvind for disabling mailing list

Anna team blames Team Arvind for disabling mailing listNew Delhi, Dec 26 - Anna Hazare's India Against Corruption (IAC) accused Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Admi Party (AAP) Wednesday of disabling its mailing list for which they earlier blamed "hackers affiliated to the government".

"It is orchestrated by Team Arvind because we recently circulated some messages about Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) workers beating a cop to death. We also circulated another message about Kiran Bedi and us terminating her from IAC primary membership at her request," IAC national cyber media coordinator Ajay Dixit said.

Kejriwal names his party ‘Aam Admi Party’

Kejriwal names his party ‘Aam Admi Party’Anti-corruption activist Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday named his political party, and also adopted the Constitution for the organization.

At a meeting of nearly 300 founder members at Constitution Club in New Delhi, Kejriwal proposed `Aam Admi Party' name for his party, and other members accepted the name unanimously.

Prior to the meeting of founder members, Kejriwal said that their party was being formed by common men, women and children.

Hazare, V.K. Singh calls union government ‘unconstitutional’

Hazare, V.K. Singh calls union government ‘unconstitutional’Anti-corruption activist, Anna Hazare and the former Army Chief, General V. K. Singh has described the present union government as "unconstitutional" and have demanded dissolution of Parliament.

General Singh said that the government has completely disregarded the soul and spirit of the Indian constitution. He also accused Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of ignoring the principle of collective responsibility. The two said in a joint statement that the people in the country have completely lost faith in the government.

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