Give up fast: Thackeray appeals to Hazare

Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray appealed to Anna Hazare to give up his fast as it has succeeded in "awakening the nation and rattling the government".

Last Updated: Aug 24, 2011, 18:34 PM IST

New Delhi: Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray
on Wednesday appealed to Anna Hazare to give up his fast as it has
succeeded in "awakening the nation and rattling the
government".

In a letter to Hazare, Thackeray made it clear that there
was no need for him to stop the anti-corruption agitation but
only end the fast in view of his failing health.

"After giving up your fast, you ask your colleagues
Kejriwal, Bedi, Sisodia and others to sit on fast and continue
the agitation," he said.

Thackeray reminded Hazare that his well being was more
important for the struggle ahead.

"You have put your life at stake for a great cause, but
it should not end up taking your life and helping your enemies
in this struggle. Hence, this heartfelt appeal. The nation has
been awakened by your fast which has left the government
rattled," he said.

"So, look at your failing health and give up the fast.
The agitation will continue even after you end your fast,"
Thackeray said.

The Shiv Sena chief said he was asking Hazare to give up
his fast on behalf of Maharashtra.

"I do not know the political benefit or loss. It is not
my nature to keep account of such things. Your life is
important for the struggle ahead," Thackeray said.

PTI