In an interaction with media persons at his village Ralegan Siddhi in Maharashtra, Anna Hazare said, "We have worked together for many years.... I congratulate you for taking the oath of Chief Minister today. I also congratulate others taking oath with you today.”

The 76-year-old Gandhian, invoking the holy text Bhagwad Gita, suggested that the new government must serve the society and the country with a ‘selfless motive’ and it should not ‘not think of the results’.

"The ultimate aim of politics is to serve ('seva')... to serve society, to serve the country, and 'seva' (service) means selfless service. Whatever one does in politics, he should not think of the results and that is service and that is the worship of God," Hazare said.

The social activist, meanwhile, also wrote a letter to Kejriwal congratulating him and his Cabinet colleagues on taking charge of Delhi.

45-year-old Kejriwal on Saturday took oath as Delhi Chief Minister at the historic Ramlila Maidan in the national capital.

Hazare's massive rallies earlier over Jan Lokpal Bill at Ramlila Maidan brought Kejriwal into limelight as a national anti-corruption champion before he plunged into politics calling for a ‘systemic change’.

The new Chief Minister in his 20-minute speech invoked his mentor Hazare, who he said had labelled ‘politics as dirty’.

"Annaji used to say that politics is dirty, but to clear the muck one has to enter the muck.... If we want to clean the system, then we will have to enter into this 'dirty politics'," Kejriwal said in Delhi.

Notably, Hazare and Kejriwal had parted ways last year when the latter decided to form Aam Aadmi Party. Their ties apparently soured during Delhi Assembly elections, when Hazare asked Kejriwal not to use his name in the campaign posters and pamphlets. Citing ill-health, Hazare also did not even attend the swearing-in ceremony in the national capital on Saturday.

(Agencies)

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