15th May 2015: Mahindra Scorpio SUV used by social activist Anna Hazare will be auctioned in his village Ralegan Siddhi on 17th May 2015 at 11.00 am. The SUV is owned by Swami Vivekanand Krutudnata Nidhi, a trust established to manage funds received by Hazare from various awards.
Anna Hazare’s Scorpio is now 8 years old and giving the social activist back and neck pain, and hence will be auctioned to raise funds to purchase a new vehicle, in which the 77 year old social activist can travel in comfort.
Swami Vivekananda Krutudnata Nidhi is still to fix a base price for the Scorpio SUV which has taken Hazare all over the country on his many campaigns and visits to Minister’s offices over the past 8 years. It is while travelling in the Scorpio that Hazare has campaigned, protested and fought battles with government officials. In 2011 it was Anna Hazare’s Scorpio that was ambushed by Congress workers in Nagpur when Hazare campaigned the Jan Lokpal anti corruption movement.
Mr. Awari of Swami Vivekanand Krutudnata Nidhi has confirmed the auction and has also revealed that proceeds will go towards purchase of a new vehicle. However, it has not been confirmed as to which vehicle this will be, though indications signal that it may be a Toyota Innova.