NEW DELHI: It was certainly a déjà-vu moment for both Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and social activist Anna Hazare as the former joined his mentor Hazare on Tuesday in his protest against the Land Acquisition Bill of thecentral government along with 66 lawmakers of his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).
The two key faces of the famous Lokpal movement of 2011 pulled numerous people to the protest at the Jantar Mantar today where the protests are being held.
Arvind Kejriwal had called the Gandhian activist to the Maharashtra Sadan on Monday evening and took his blessings by touching his feet after which the closest aide of the Delhi Chief Minister, Manish Sisodia said, “Arvind and I will sit on the dharna along with Anna Hazare after the Delhi Assembly session.”
The 77-year-old activist who had gone for a hunger strike during his movement against corruption in 2011 was earlier joined by MDMK Chief Vaiko and activist Medha Patkar. Hazare said that this time he would pursue a different approach.
“No more hunger strikes and I will live and fight,” he said, warning that he will not change his mind till the controversial legislation is wiped out. The anti-corruption crusader warned that he will court address if the government in power did not address concerns over the controversial Bill.
Here are the highlights from Jantar Mantar:
• People will teach a lesson to the Centre, says the Delhi Chief Minister
• A revolution has come, it is here to stay: Arvind Kejriwal
• Land bill against the farmers, says Kejriwal