Chronology of an epochal fast
Chronology of a fast that forced Indian Parliament to acknowledge people`s power and established civil society`s primacy in a democracy.
New Delhi: Chronology of a fast that forced Indian Parliament to acknowledge people`s power and established civil society`s primacy in a democracy:
Jan 30: Marches in over 60 cities to demand anti-corruption Lokpal bill. Social reformer Anna Hazare, former top cop Kiran Bedi, activist Swami Agnivesh and lawyer Prashant Bhushan participate in Delhi rally.
Feb 26: Hazare announces fast unto death from April 5 if Prime Minister Manmohan Singh does not decide on civil society`s inclusion in drafting the bill.
April 5: Hazare starts fast at Delhi`s Jantar Mantar.
April 8: Hazare announces decision to end fast as government agrees to form 10-member panel of civil society members and union ministers to draft a stringent anti-corruption law.
April 9: Hazare ends fast.
April 16: Joint committee`s first meet cordial. Both sides exchange drafts.
May 2: Second meet with "no difference of opinion".
May 7: Agreement on independent Lokpal with powers to initiate investigation and prosecution.
May 23: Agreement on empowering Lokpal to order list of movable and immovable assets of accused in corruption cases when sufficient evidence found to book them.
May 30: Differences appear as government disagrees on including prime minister, Supreme and High Court judges and MPs` conduct in parliament within Lokpal`s ambit.
June 6: Civil society members boycott meet a day after police crackdown against yoga guru Baba Ramdev`s fast in Delhi`s Ramlila Maidan.
June 15: No consensus on inclusion of prime minister, Supreme and High Court judges.
June 20: Some ice melts amid war of words; government calls it "major step forward".
June 21: Last meeting of joint committee ends on sour note. Both sides exchange drafts; Hazare warns of another fast.
Aug 15: Hazare denied permission to fast at Delhi`s Jayaprakash Narayan Memorial Park after Team Anna agrees to accept only 16 of police`s 22 conditions.
Aug 16: Hazare begins fast, detained early morning and sent to seven-day judicial custody to Tihar jail. Government decides to set him free late night. He refuses.
Aug 17: Hazare refuses to leave Tihar Jail till a solution is reached on fast venue. Supporters gather outside prison, Hazare continues fast from jail. Permitted to fast at Ramlila Maidan.
Aug 19: Hazare leaves Tihar Jail, continues fast at Ramlila Maidan.
Aug 23: Government invites Team Anna for talks.
Aug 24: Second round of talks, all-party meeting held. No breakthrough in impasse.
Aug 25: After meetings with political parties and Team Anna, government agrees to debate all versions of Lokpal bill in Parliament.
Aug 27: Both houses of Parliament debate Lokpal bill, adjourn after adopting `sense of the House` and agreeing to Hazare`s three demands that will be sent to standing committee on Lokpal bill.
Aug 28: Anna breaks fast on 13th day.