After strongly supporting anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare’s crusade against corruption, renowned activist Mallika Sarabhai has now slammed the Gandhian for praising Gujarat CM Narendra Modi.
Expressing her shock over his endorsement of Modi, the danseuse has threatened to fight a parallel battle if the Gandhian did not back out.
In an email to Hazare, Mallika said, “We are deeply shocked by your endorsement of Narendra Modi’s rural development. There has been little or no rural development in ths state. In fact, gauchar lands and irrigated farmlands have been stealthily taken by the government and sold off at ridiculous prices to a small club of industrialists. There has been no Lokayukta in Gujarat for nearly seven years, so hundreds of complaints against corruption are lying unheard.
From the Sujalam Sufalam scam of Rs 1700 to the NREGS boribund scam of Rs 109, the fisheries scam of Rs 600 crore, every department is involved in thousands of crores of scams. The poor and rural people are being sold to Modi’s friends – the industrialists. The state is in terrible debt because of his largess to industry while 21 lakh farmers wait for compensation. Your endorsement is apalling and we will be forced to distance ourselves from the Lokpal movement unless it is irrevocably retracted.”
“I have great respect for Anna Hazare. Why would I tarnish his name? Annaji doesnt know the reality of this state. I must say that Gujarat has a great PR machinery in place, which is working overtime. But I have now written to Annaji informing him about various scams of Gujarat government through various documents and RTI applications. I have requested Annaji to retract his statement or we will have to fight a parallel battle,” said Mallika.
Hazare, who led a successful campaign for the Lokpal Bill, had said on Sunday that “the way the Chief Ministers of Gujarat and Bihar have worked in their states, this should be emulated by other Chief Ministers.” Agencies