November 4th, 2011
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Hazare breaks Maun Vrat

hazare-mauna-vratNew Delhi: Saying ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’, Anna Hazare broke his Maun Vrat ‘vow of silence’ after paying his tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat in New Delhi at 7 am today. Anna has been on fast for the past 19 days.

He said his fight was against the corrupt system, and not against any particular party. “My ‘maun vrat’ was not against any party. After my indefinite fast, I had a lot of weakness. Mahatma Gandhi showed me the way. He said one must observe ‘maun vrat’. My health has become absolutely fine after the vow of silence. I now have more inspiration to fight for Lokpal,” he added.

Mr. Hazare had reached Delhi yesterday night to attend a meeting of the Standing Committee on Lokpal Bill. He had begun his ‘maun vrat’ at his native village in Maharashtra for ‘atma shanti’ (peace of soul). Since then, he communicated by writing notes. His personal physician had advised him against continuing with his maun vrat.

Team Anna had got engulfed in a series of controversies including financial misconduct, during Mr. Hazare’s 19-day ‘maun vrat’.He had last week held a meeting with prominent members in Ralegan Siddhi during which it was decided that the anti-corruption movement will have a constitution and its core members will have to adhere to certain norms.

While on his vow of silence, Mr. Hazare had written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh warning him that he will begin another round of campaigning against corruption if the government does not pass the Lokpal Bill in the Winter Session of Parliament. “I will begin my hunger strike agitation on the last day of the Session if the Jan Lokpal Bill is not passed in the House and the team will tour various states to educate people about the issue,” Mr Hazare said in his letter.


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