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Anna Support Mamata, Rally was organised at the insistence, says Mamata

Anna Hazare and Mamata Banerjee at press conference

Trinamool Congress Chief Mamata Banerjee today said that the joint rally, which was skipped by social activist Anna Hazare two days ago
Anna Hazare and Mamata Banerjee at press conference

New Delhi: Trinamool Congress Chief Mamata Banerjee today said that the joint rally, which was skipped by social activist Anna Hazare two days ago, was actually organised at the insistence of the anti-corruption crusader.

“It was not our rally. It was organised at the insistence of Annaji. It was not a Trinamool Congress rally,” the West Bengal Chief Minister told a news channel.

Hazare today said he had skipped the ‘joint’ rally here with the Trinamool Congress chief because even 4000 people had not come to attend it and he had been misled. He expressed support for Banerjee but ruled out any backing for her party in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

On the lukewarm response the rally got, Banerjee said that she has even done rallies with just 5-6 people at the time when Indira Gandhi had lost elections.

“When Indira Gandhi lost the elections (in 1977) we used to come out with rallies comprising 5-6 people. Do not forget that. We can conduct a rally with 2 people as well,” she added.

In morning Anna said that red-faced two days back, today said he had skipped the poorly-attended rally because he was misled. He maintained that he does not support any of the political parties but endorses Banerjee individually as she is the best of all the Chief Ministers of the country “It was not our rally. It was organised at the insistence of Annaji. It was not a Trinamool Congress rally,” the West Bengal Chief Minister told a news channel.

Now Anna Hazare ruling out support to her in the Lok Sabha elections, making a U-turn on the issue. Hazare, who caused a huge embarrassment for Banerjee two days ago by skipping a ‘joint’ rally here, said “some people who deceive” had got associated with her which made it difficult for him to support her.

PTI

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