“Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) President and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal is intoxicated with power… he has completely ignored the ideals mentioned in his book ‘Swaraj’ on liquor policy. Janalokpal… Bringing strong Lokayukta legislation… Ending corruption is left aside. In an open letter to Kejriwal, Hazare lashed out. He criticized that power seems to have intoxicated CM Kejriwal like alcohol.
“This is the first time that I am writing to Kejriwal after becoming the Chief Minister.. because I am upset over the recent media reports on the alcohol policy of the Delhi government.. AAP, which emerged with a lofty goal, has now become like other political parties,” he said in the letter. At the same time, he reacted strongly to the book ‘Swaraj’ written by Kejriwal. He criticized the ideals mentioned in the book on alcohol policy. “Apart from bringing a strong Lokpal and Lokayuktas, they have brought in a liquor policy that is against people, especially women. There is no such liquor policy anywhere in the country,” said Hazare.
Meanwhile, Kejriwal responded to Hazare’s letter and said that this is all a part of BJP’s strategy. The CBI, which has registered a case against Deputy CM Manish Sisodia in the matter of liquor policy, has criticized that the investigation has not concluded anything, that is why the BJP is now using Anna Hazare. Kejriwal opined that CBI has unofficially given a clean chit to Sisodia.
The Aam Aadmi Party gained momentum in 2011 during Anna Hazare’s anti-corruption movement. At that time, Hazare gave his blessing to AAP, choosing to stay away from the party, away from electoral politics. But after that he criticized AAP on many issues.