New Delhi, Feb 19 IBNS | 5 months ago

Social activist Anna Hazare, who came all out in support of Mamata Banerjee in New Delhi on Wednesday, said the West Bengal Chief Minister has potential to bring change in the country.


"I support Mamata Banerjee's thoughts about society. I have not supported her party. I supported her because Didi stays simple, has simple food... she refused government car, bungalow, who does this?? This kind of leader was expected in the country, but we have got none for ages. Now that we got that leadership in her, I think there will bring change in our country," Hazare said at a joint press conference with Banerjee here.

He said Mamata Banerjee was the only Chief Minister who responded to the 17 demands sent in a letter by him to every CM.

"These 17 points can help us change the country for the better, Mamata says these will be adopted if she comes to power," Hazare said.

Hazare also met Banerjee on Tuesday and said the country needs people like the West Bengal Chief Minister in politics.

"The country will change one day. We need people like her (Banerjee) in politics," he told reporters after the meeting.

Banerjee was seen touching Hazare's feet to show her respect to the anti-corruption crusader.

Hazare is all set to campaign for West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress (TMC) in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

"Yes....Anna Hazare is going to campaign for Mamata Banerjee's @AITCofficial in 2014. They will meet in Delhi later in Feb and announce plans," TMC MP Derek O'Brien earlier tweeted.

Hazare had earlier praised the simplicity of Banerjee, while taking a jibe at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

Speaking at The Indian Express Idea Exchange event, Hazare said his one-time lieutenant Arvind Kejriwal had not lived up to his expectations after becoming the Delhi Chief Minister.

The Gandhian said that Banerjee has the potential to become the Prime Minister of India.

He said that he has sent a 17-points economic agenda to every political party and only Banerjee has sent a reply to it.

(Posted on 19-02-2014)