Nov 18, 2013 at 11:44pm IST

Anna Hazare flays AAP for using his name, questions party's funding

New Delhi: Social and anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare has come down heavily on Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party for allegedly using his name. In a letter written to Arvind Kejriwal late on Sunday night, the 76-year-old Anna Hazare questioned the working of the party and said that there is no clarity on the funds received by the AAP even as the former was attacked by an ex-activist of the Bharatiya Janata Party in New Delhi on Monday.

Hazare asked Kejriwal whether the money collected during the Jan Lokpal agitation has been diverted and is being used for contesting the Delhi Assembly elections.

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"I believe money which is being collected in the name of agitation should be used for an agitation only," wrote Hazare in the letter which comes days after the government has ordered probe into AAP's funding.

"Some people have came to me saying that you have launched a SIM card or card in my name and had collected some money. Neither I have allowed you nor anyone to use my name. To collect money for the elections is your responsibility but using my name for this is not right" said Hazare.

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"Information which is coming from your end is troubling me, therefore I request you not to use my name during elections campaign and also not to propagate that I'am associated with any political party," he said.

Hazare, who worked with Kejriwal during the Jan Lokpal movement in 2011 and 2012, had opposed his decision to form a political party and contest elections to fight corruption.

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"Please inform me if talks related to money collection using my name holds any truth. However, I believe all these talks are fake. I only inquired about it as it is being talked everywhere," he added.

Hajare also criticised Kejriwal for telling the people that Delhi Assembly will pass the Jan Lokpal Bill if AAP is voted to power. In his letter Hazare explained that only Parliament can pass such a bill and his fight is for a clean Parliament. "How could you bring Jan Lokpal in Assembly? It's pending in Lok Sabha."

Meanwhile, a man claiming to be BJP supporter threw black ink at Kejriwal during a press conference in New Delhi on Monday. He shouted 'Anna Hazare zindabad' after throwing ink at Kejriwal and Prashant Bhushan. The man identified himself as Nachiketa and said that he had come from Maharashtra.

He alleged that Kejriwal had misused Anna Hazare's name. "I have done this this to protest that these people have betrayed Anna and they have betrayed the Jan Lokpal andolan. Anna has asked then to not use his name, still these people are using Anna's name. I am a BJP worker," he said after throwing the ink at Kejriwal and Prashant Bhushan during a press conference at New Delhi's Constitution Club. The attacker had earlier claimed that he was a Hazare supporter but later said that he was a BJP activist.

Before the attack Kejriwal had said that if there is any problem in AAP's accounts then he would withdraw his candidature from Delhi Assembly elections.

"Last (Sunday) night when I returned from campaigning I received a letter from Anna Hazare. The letter says a lot of people have complained against Arvind. We respect Anna Hazare, he is like our guru. He has raised some issues in the letter," said Kejriwal while revealing the details of the letter.

He also tweeted: "I forgive Nachiketa. I have no ill will against him. He seems to have some misconceptions abt us."

BJP leaders condemned the attack. "Condemn the disruption of AAP's Press Conference. Understand the person is BJP IT Cell Tehsil in- charge, Tehsil Parner (Dist Ahmadnagar)," tweeted BJP spokesperson Niramala Seetharaman. But she tweeted again claiming that Nachiketa was no longer associated with the party.

Anna Hazare's letter to Arvind Kejriwal