"I have my complete support to Banerjee for the kind of person she is. For the first time I have seen a person who thinks and works for the betterment of the country," he told reporters during a press conference in the national capital.

Hazare has been praising Banerjee ever since she replied to his letter containing the 17-point suggestions. The TMC chief was the only leader to reply to Hazare's letter, sent to all political parties. Hazare said Banerjee has accepted all the 17 points he had suggested in a letter spelling out pro-people policies. In the letter, Hazare had asked the Bengal Chief Minister about her stand on implementing the policies if she came to power.

Referring to Banerjee as "didi" (elder sister, as she is affectionately called), Hazare said, "All her life, she has lived simply, eaten simple food, she has neither a house nor a car. So long we did not have any leader like her. Now we have found (one)."

"Today I believe there can be change in the country. People also want change. That time is coming," Hazare had said on Tuesday.

It is noteworthy that TMC, Left parties and other regional parties like Janata Dal (U), Biju Janata Dal and Samajwadi Party are mulling to join hands to form a Third Front for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Don't campaign for Trinamool Congress: Activists to Anna

Activists associated with women's movements from different parts of India on Wednesday wrote an open letter to social activist Anna Hazare expressing their disappointment over the Gandhian campaigning for the Trinamool Congress (TMC) in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
    
"From small satyagrahas in Maharashtra to the huge mobilisations in Delhi, you have stressed on the need to cleanse Indian politics and expressed your anguish over the violence that women and young girls are subjected to. We are shocked that you have chosen to express support to and solidarity with the Chief Minister of West Bengal who, in three years, has transformed West Bengal from being the safest state for women to the most unsafe,” the letter said.
    
"It is not just the fact that the most barbaric forms of violence are being suffered by women and girls in the State but the fact that in many cases, leaders and activists of the ruling Party are involved and often the reaction of the Chief Minister has been insensitive, critical of the victim and not reflective of any intention of punishing the perpetrators," the letter added.
    
In the letter, the women organisations referred to the National Crimes Records Bureau's annual report 2012 according to which West Bengal, with 7.5 percent share of country's female population, has accounted for nearly 12.7 percent of total crime against women by reporting 30,942 cases during the year 2012.
    
"In cases of general crime and crimes against women, West Bengal registered an increase of 41.6 percent in 2012 which is the highest in the country," the letter highlighted.
    
The letter mentions the gang-rape incident of a taxi-driver in Madhyamgram in Howrah district in December.
    
"The complete negligence of the police and administration were responsible for this crime. In fact, the perpetrators were given protection by the police," the letter stated.

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