Social activist Anna Hazare wrote to Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday to express his unhappiness over the suspected corruption in the excise policy 2021–22, which is under investigation by the CBI.
In his first hard-hitting letter to a former aide since becoming chief minister, Hazare said that Kejriwal looks to have lost his ideal values and is “drunk on power.”
As an abolitionist, Hazare’s relationship with Kejriwal, who served as his assistant during the historic anti-corruption campaign of 2011, soured when the latter decided to create a political party, a decision that the elderly activist rejected.
According to Hazare, he helped pass a prohibition legislation in Maharashtra and helped pass prohibition in the hamlet of Ralegan Siddhi, where he comes from. He also advocated for effective excise policies. If 51% of the village’s women vote against the selling of alcohol, the law requires that the sale of alcohol be prohibited in that community.
“The Delhi government was anticipated to have a similar policy. However, you didn’t do that. Additionally, you seem to be caught in the vicious cycle of power via money and money through power. It shouldn’t be fitting for a political party that sprang from a significant movement, according to Hazare’s letter.
“Your administration has created an excise policy that would harm people’s lives and have an impact on women, yet you did not even attempt to introduce a robust Lokayukta Act in the Delhi assembly. It demonstrates your hypocrisy, Hazare remarked.
The Delhi administration was unavailable to comment on the letter.