New Delhi: Anna Hazare did not utter a word
on the 11th day of his fast Friday except for roaring `Bharat
Mata ki Jai` thrice to cheer his supporters, on a day when the
activist and the government were locked in a battle of
Hazare first appeared on the dais around 12:15 pm and
shouted thrice `Bharat Mata ki Jai` only to retire later to
the tent erected behind the dais on Ramlila Maidan, indicating
that he was not well in his shape.
His next appearance came around 5 pm when he raised his
fist thrice to a loud cheer from the crowd and went back to
rest soon. An hour later, he again came back to the stage and
sat there for long and chatted with lawyer Shanti Bhushan.
His close associates were seen repeatedly assuring media
persons that Hazare will address the protesters on a day when
the government and Team Anna were locked in an intense battle
of attrition on the Lokpal Bill issue.
Associates were concerned about his health and some even
wondered whether the 74-year-old Gandhian should continue
speaking as it would have an adverse impact on his health.
Some supporters were disappointed at Hazare not
addressing them while others were ready to take it fearing
that it would consume more energy and he would not be able to
hold on to his fast.
The Gandhian has lost seven kg in the past 11 days but
doctors said he appeared to be healthy.
"His blood pressure and heart beat are okay. He seems to
be healthy. He is holding up," Dr Ravi R Kesliwal, who
examined Hazare, told reporters here.
Doctors last night said Hazare`s condition was "stable"
but added that there was reason to worry.