New Delhi: Putting to rest all speculations about his health, Gandhian Anna Hazare on Tuesday clarified that his health was fine. Anna is fasting at a stretch for the eighth day today for a strong Lokpal Bill.
Speaking from the dais at Ramlila Maidan, Anna Hazare said, “This is the second war of independence. This is the eighth day of my fast but god is with me.”
In a shocking revelation, Anna said, “Some people even gave supari to kill me but god gave them good sense.”
“We have to tread a path of truth and non-violence and god will be with us,” Anna said.
He also informed that, “I am alright. My health is fine. I have lost 5 and half kgs weight but there is no problem at all. Dr Trehan and his team are looking after me and I am sure they will not let me die,” he quipped.
The social activist further added that, “The freedom that we got in 1947 was incomplete. I am sitting here for complete freedom.”
He also asserted that, “I am sitting here for the people of this country. I have not been home for 35 years. I have three brothers but I don’t even know the name of their children.”
“I have given 35 precious years of my life for the country,” he concluded.
Meanwhile, the end of an extended weekend saw the crowd of protesters at Ramlila Maidan, where Anna Hazare is on an indefinite fast, dwindling today.
While the past three days saw the Ramlila Maidan jampacked from morning, the scene was different today as there were lesser number of people at the ground as people returned to work after the weekend and a holiday yesterday.
A volunteer said Tuesday being a working day, they do not expect people to turn up in droves. "Last three days we saw a record crowd but today we don`t expect such a crowd," said the volunteer, who pegged the number of people present at around 6,000.
The three-day holiday saw many families and youth thronging the Maidan where a carnival-like atmosphere prevailed.
However, some protesters gathered at the ground said it was not fair to expect a big crowd every day.
"It is wrong to say that we protest only on holidays. It is not possible for people to come here every day. But I have come here and same is the case with so many others. It is not fair to say that people are not coming," said Himanshu Sharma, a sales executive from Gurgaon.
Though the hustle and the bustle at the Maidan was a bit less, the enthusiasm was not missing.
Slogan shouting, waving of tricolour and Team Anna giving the crowd tips on Jan Lokpal Bill was all there.
With PTI Inputs