Anna Hazare to end fast after Parliament agrees to demands

Anna Hazare will end his 12-old-day fast at 10 am on Sunday after Parliament endorsed in principle three of his key demands to deal with corruption in a compromise between government and the Gandhian.

 

Both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha went out of their way to discuss in a special sitting on Saturday an issue thrown up by the campaign of the 74-year-old activist who has been demanding enactment of Jan Lokpal for which he started a fast from August 16.

 

There was confusion at the end of the day-long debate in both the Houses as Parliament was expected to vote a resolution.

 

Originally conceived as a resolution, Parliament converted its agreement on three issues raised by Hazare – citizen's charter, lower bureaucracy under Lokpal through an appropriate mechanism and establishment of Lokayukta in the states -- and to remit them to the Parliamentary Standing Committee for giving its recommendations.

 

In his communication to Hazare, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh conveyed to him that Parliament has passed a resolution on the three issues raised by him and appealed to him to call off his fast.

 

Reacting to Parliament's action after Union Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh handed over Singh's letter, Hazare announced to the cheering crowds in Ramlila Maidan that "I wish to break my fast tomorrow at 10 am".

 

"This victory of Jan Lokpal bill is a partial victory. A full victory is yet to be achieved," he said while noting that Parliamentarians have respected his three demands.

 

"I congratulate them and express my gratitude to all MPs," he said as celebrations broke out at the protest venue with crowds setting off fire crackers and dancing to the beating of drums and tunes of Lokpal anthem.

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