Anna to announce Mamata as most suitable PM candidate


anna-hazare-Mamata-BanerjeeNew Delhi: A day after an hour-long dinner meeting West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, social activist Anna Hazare will on Wednesday make a big announcement, ahead of crucial General Elections.

According to a daily, Hazare will today “announce his support to Banerjee as the most suitable prime ministerial candidate of India and will share his reasons for supporting her.”

On Tuesday, Hazare did not give details of the discussions held with Banerjee, but said he would make things clear at a media conference on Wednesday.

He, however, praised the West Bengal CM for leading a simple life and said he believed the country will change if she is at the helm of affairs.

“Today I believe there can be change in the country. People also want change. That time is coming,” Hazare said after the talks at the residence of Trinamool Congress national general secretary Mukul Roy.

Refering to Trinamool chairperson Banerjee as “didi” (elder sister, as she is affectionately called), Hazare had 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).”

Hazare added Banerjee has accepted all the 17 points he had suggested in a letter spelling out pro-people policies. In the missive, Hazare had asked the West Bengal CM about her stand on implementing the policies if she came to power.

Banerjee was the only leader to reply to Hazare’s letter, sent to all political parties.

Banerjee touched Hazare’s feet to pay her respects after the 76-year-old anti-corruption crusader was escorted by Roy from Maharashtra Sadan to his residence for the meeting.