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Mallika Sarabhai to Anna Hazare in Open Letter: Endorsement of Modi Apalling

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New Delhi:  Classic danseuse and activist Mallika Sarabhai is “apalled” at Anna Hazare’s praise of Gujarat Cheif Minster Narendra Modi and has requested him to retract his statement.

Sarabhai, who had been a vocal supporter of Hazare’s anti-corruption tirade,  wrote an open letter to Hazare requesting her to retract his statement. “Your endorsement is apalling and we will be forced to distance ourselves from the Lokpal movement unless it is irrevocably retracted,” she wrote.

Hazare, on Sunday, had praised Modi and Cheif Minister of Bihar Nitish Kumar for the development work done.

She wrote: “We are deeply shocked by your endorsement of Narendra Modi’s rural development. There has been little or no rural development in ths state. In fact gauchar lands and irrigated farmlands have been stealthily taken by the government and sold off at ridiculous prices to a small club of industrialists.”

(Photo: Vaibhav Bhardwaj)

Full Text of Sarabhai’s letter:

Dear Annaji

We are deeply shocked by your endorsement of Narendra Modi’s rural
development. There has been little or no rural development in ths
state. In fact gauchar lands and irrigated farmlands have been
stealthily taken by the government and sold off at ridiculous prices
to a small club of industrialists. There has been no Lokayukta in
Gujarat for nearly seven years so hundreds of complaints against
corruption are lying unheard. From the Sujalam Sufalam scam of 1700
crores to the NREGS boribund scam of 109 crores, the fisheries scam of
600 crores, every department is involved in thousands of crores of
scams. The poor and rural peoiple are being sold to Modiu’s friends
the industrialists. The state is in terrible debt because of his
largess to industry while 21 lakh farmers wait for compensation.

Your endorsement is apalling and we will be forced to distance
ourselves from the Lokpal movement unless it is irrevocably retracted.

Sincerely

Mallika Sarabhai

 

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