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Yogendra Yadav fears personality cult projection in approaching Anna Hazare

PTI 27 Jun 2015, 12:01:58 IST
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Panaji: Newly-formed outfit Swaraj Abhiyan today said they might not ask anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare to get associated with them at this juncture fearing the personality cult projection, but might approach the veteran activist in future.

"In future, if we might have a desire to have him (Anna Hazare)...we will request him to be with us and guide us. But right now we have not approached him," Swaraj Abhiyan leader Yogendra Yadav told PTI here in Goa, where he is on a private visit and will also meet local leaders.

If we do so, Swaraj Abhiyan, a group formed by ousted AAP leaders Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan, would be accused of harbouring personality cult like any other party including AAP, he said.

"He (Hazare) has not refused. We have also not gone to ask him to lead us...Personality cult is no good.. We are meeting ordinary people who are struggling for India. That is far more important than the personality cult," he said.

Responding to a question, Yadav refused to judge the performance of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on the scale of one to ten.

"Every CM should get a longer time to be judged..It's unfair to judge him now," the leader said.

"As a matter of fact we have made it a policy of Swaraj Abhiyan not to comment on everyday affairs of AAP.. Media loves it but we won't comment," he said.

"We commented on the issue of Tomar (Delhi Law minister), we commented on the issue of public advertisement issued by Delhi government. We commented up on the LG because they were policy issues," he added.

Yadav said the demand for full statehood for Delhi is justified.

"Every elected government should have the right to transfer its officials. I felt that this politics of confrontation of order is an immature way of trying to achieve statehood. It is immature of chief minister who might make people pay. It is very immature way of dealing with a very justified demand.. Because of this immaturity instead of gaining something it may be counter productive," he opined.

Replying to another query, Yadav claimed AAP leaders have compromised but that does not mean the volunteers have.

"It is not the ordinary volunteer who has compromised. AAP movement has some of the finest social activists.. they have not reconciled with corruption.. Their spirit has to be kept alive," he said.

The leader said he is yet to receive letter expelling him from the party.

"I came to know that I was expelled through television channels. I have written to the AAP disciplinary committee to send me the letter of expulsion which they have not done," Yadav said.

When asked about his feelings after being expelled from the party, Yadav said, "I am not someone who expresses my emotions but it does not feel good to be kept out from your own house..it does not feel good."

"But you also remind yourself that you have set out to walk on the path difficult, this has to be long journey, one stumble is not good enough to stop a long journey. One fall is a reason for you to say all right, I need to be more strong.. for me the small stumble is a reason why people like me put in extra energy," he added.