Activist turned politician Arvind Kejriwal left for Ralegan Siddhi early Monday morning to meet Anna Hazare before the start of his indefinite fast on 23 March. Kejriwal will observe an upvaas in order to position his political party, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), as a strong contender in the Delhi assembly elections due later this year.
He has said that the objective of the fast will be to unite people on rising water and power tariffs in the national capital.
This will be Kejriwal’s maiden fast after parting ways with Hazare in September last year over their differences on entering politics.
The India Against Corruption (IAC) campaign, which Hazare spearheaded for almost two years, called off the Lokpal agitation in August saying that it was for a political alternative. Later on, Hazare said he was not in favour of entering politics and asked Kejriwal not to use his name for any political activity.
While Hazare’s group retained the IAC brand name and decided to remain apolitical, Kejriwal and his supporters formed AAP which was unveiled on October 2nd. The party also declared that it would contest the Delhi assembly polls 2013.
Since then, speculation has been rife that Hazare will campaign for the party’s candidates. Hazare has been evasive on the issue. On one occasion, he said while he is not sure of other AAP candidates, he will campaign for Kejriwal if he contests against union minister Kapil Sibal. At another media interaction, he said Kejriwal must be dreaming if he believes that he would share the stage with him in the future. Kejriwal has maintained that Hazare is his guru and he will win him back.
Before leaving for Ralegan Sidhi, Kejriwal told Firstpost, “I am not meeting Anna for polls. I am just seeking his blessings for fast.”