August 28th, 2011
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Anna Breaks his fast: victory for India


New Delhi: Making a historic moment in the recent history, anti-corruption fighter Anna Hazare ended his 288 hours fast on Sunday morning at 10 :15, amidst a huge jubilant celebrating crowd raising slogans supporting his cause. This was followed after the Parliament adopted unanimous resolution on his three key demands for a strong Jan Lokpal Bill.

Anna Hazare the 74 year old Gandhian ended his fast  with coconut water and honey from the hands of  Simran and Ikra, two 5 year old girls from a village called Sundar Nagri in west Delhi. A huge crowd was visible  at Ramlila Maidan, which has been the ‘battle ground’ for the 74-year-old and his supporters.

“It is a victory of whole Indians who supported this cause.I thank the countrymen, my brothers, sisters and kids for the fight against corruption,” Anna said,” a jubilant Anna reportedly said.Anna said that this was also a victory for media and thanked the media for waking up to the movement. He also thanked Dr Naresh Trehan and  his team from Medantacity and the civil society members for their support.

The Gandhian will go to Medanta Medicity in Gurgaon for a complete medical check up, Team Anna told the press.He skipped his visit to Rajghat due to health concerns.”He has not been eating since the past 12 days, he has to be closely checked and monitored,” said a team member. Dr Naresh Trehan had said on Saturday that Anna’s blood pressure was low and he had also lost weight.
Yesterday itself supporters have started descending at the historic Ram Lila Maidan here, where  Anna Hazare has been fasting for the last 12 days. Around 4,000 people stayed overnight at the protest venue while scores of others started arriving early in morning.

In the end it was a win-win situation for both sides. After a nine-hour long debate in Parliament on Saturday, the government stuck to its stand and did not go for a voice vote. The resolution on Lokpal was passed by a thumping of desk unanimously, but the real test begins with the government having promised to pass the Lokpal Bill soon.

Team Anna member Arvind Kejriwal thanked the Prime Minister and Parliamentarians for agreeing to their demands and expressed his sense of gratitude to all those who extended their support and help to make this struggle a success.”We are also thankful to media who have supported this cause,” said Aravind Kejriwal, a Anna Team member.

Even as Anna broke his fast, he made it clear that the fight will continue as the battle is only half won.Celebrations have broken out across the nation as Anna broke his fast. There were festivities at Anna’s village Ralegaon Siddhi as people there distributed sweets and decorated their houses.

History was made in Parliament on Saturday when the two Houses bowed to Anna Hazare’s campaign, powered by a groundswell of popular support, for a strong and independent Lokpal. The Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha unanimously resolved that the Standing Committee would  consider Anna’s three demands – including the lower bureaucracy in the Lokpal’s purview, a central law for creating Lok Ayuktas in states and a citizen’s charter for government departments providing public service. This finally paved the way for Anna’s 12-day fast to end.


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