Only half the battle won: Anna
Gandhian Anna Hazare declared that he would end his fast at 10 am, Sunday.
New Delhi: In the presence of thousands of cheering supporters at Ramlila Maidan, Gandhian Anna Hazare expressed his happiness at the success of his mission saying that it was a victory of the entire nation and declared that he would end his fast at 10 am on Sunday.
He made the declaration after Prime Minister’s emissaries Vilasrao Deshmukh and Sandeep Dikshit showed him a copy of the resolution passed by both the houses of the Parliament accepting his three demands on Lokpal Bill and conveyed the message of the Prime Minister to end fast.
In a special sitting, the Parliament today passed a resolution accepting the three key demands set by Team Anna-- that the lower bureaucracy be brought under the purview of the Lokpal, Lokayuktas be appointed in the states, and that a citizen`s charter for government departments be worked out along with timelines -- which had become a bone of contention between the government and Team Anna.
“The Parliament has accepted the three demands of Jan Lokpal Bill. I thank each and every members of the Parliament for accepting the three key demands on Lokpal Bill. Half the battle has been won today. The complte victory is yet to come,” Hazare said in a brief speech at Ramliala Maidan in the presnce of his close aides. Deshmukh and Dikshit were also present on the dais.
“This is a victory of the people of the nation who have supported me wholeheartedly.”
He praised the role of the media in sending the message across.
He asked his supporters to celebrate the victory but made it clear that said the calibrations should be peaceful.
Hazare asked people to be present in huge numbers at 10 am on Sunday when he will break his fast.
Anna Hazare, 74, has been fasting since last 12 days in support of bringing the Jan Lokpal Bill.