Ahmadabad: After facing the wrath for praising Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on the issue of Rural Development, social activist Anna Hazare took a U-turn by criticizing the BJP leader for prevailing corruption in the state.

Shocked by the feedback he got from the villagers in a public meeting programme at Gujarat Vidhyapeeth hall, Hazare said, “Even the state from where Mahatma Gandhi hails has not been spared of corruption. Here liquor which is banned product in the state is sold more than milk.”

However, it was not long back when Hazare had patted Modi’s back for good governance in the state. Praising Modi he had said, “CMs of states should learn from their counterparts at Gujarat and Bihar.”  Even Medha Patekar and other social activists had slammed Hazare for praising Modi.

After meeting the Kutch residents, Hazare changed his statement for the Gujarat CM. He said, “After coming here, I have found that there is a large scale corruption prevailing in the state.” The social activist claimed that to help people get justice, the state government should appoint a Lokayukt and provide more responsibilities to Gram Sabhas.

While interacting with Hazare, people from Kutch region informed him that one lack acre fertile land was given to Adani Group for Rs 37 lakh only. Not only this the villagers also opposed to the establishment of Aanu Power Plant in Bhavnagar, Ambuja Cement’s plant in Somnath Berawal, the water linking project of five rivers, the Mumbai international freight corridor, and special investment region.

Hazare while urging to the youth said, “If the government is not listening to you, then go for mass court arrest and ensure that none of the jails are left empty.” He pointed out that freedom was not possible without struggle and hard work.

By giving his own example, he said, “I have been fighting against the goons for past many years. Six ministers of the Maharashtra Cabinet are behind the bars and many are in the verge of going to the jail.”

On the occasion, Hazare announced that the land reform movement will be started from Gujarat.

(JPN/ Bureau)