PM appeals to Anna to take drip, end fast

As the government and Team Anna held hectic parleys to break the logjam over anti-graft Lokpal bill, the Prime Minister on Wednesday once again urged Anna Hazare to end fast.

Last Updated: Aug 24, 2011, 12:03 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: As the government and Team Anna held hectic parleys to break the logjam over anti-graft Lokpal bill, the Prime Minister on Wednesday once again urged Anna Hazare to end fast.

The PM also urged Team Anna to make him at least take the IV drip recommended by the doctors.
This is not the first time when PM has made an effort to persuade Anna Hazare. On the eighth day of his agitation yesterday, a concerned Manmohan Singh had directly reached out to him with an appeal for ending fast and a promise that his Jan Lokpal Bill could be considered by Parliament along with the government draft.

In a letter to Hazare, Singh said the government would request Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar to refer the Team Hazare bill to the Parliamentary Standing Committee which would then be formally asked to "fast track their deliberations to the extent reasonably feasible".

Singh said his government`s objective with regard to tackling corruption was "identical" to that of Hazare and was ready to talk to anybody to enact a "constitutionally-valid and the best possible Lokpal" while keeping in mind the Parliamentary supremacy and Constitutional obligations.

"Over the last few days, I have watched with increasing concern the state of your health," he wrote to the civil activist who is fasting at Ramlila Ground for a strong Lokpal.

"Despite the differences between the Government and your team, I do not think that anybody is or should be in any doubt about the deep and abiding concern which I and our Government share about your health, arising from your continuing fast," the Prime Minister said.
The letter is actuated by the "twin considerations of deep and genuine concern about your health and the emergence of a strong and effective Lok Pal Act in accordance with established constitutional precept and practice," Singh said.

"I do hope that you will consider my suggestions and end your fast to regain full health and vitality," he wrote.

About the issues for which Hazare is fasting, Singh said, "I have maintained that your and our object is identical viz. to reduce significantly, if not eliminate, the scourge of corruption from this country.

"At worst, our paths and methodologies may differ, though I do believe that even those differences have been exaggerated."

Meanwhile, Shiv Sena also appealed to Anna Hazare to end his fast. Sena MP Sanjay Rout today met Anna Hazare to hand over a letter written by Sena supremo Bal Thackeray in which the Maharashtra strongman has urged Anna to end his fast.

He has lost another 200 grams in the past 24 hours with his weight settling at 66.2 kg. He was 72 kg before he began his fast on August 16

His blood pressure was recorded at 104/86 while blood sugar was 106 and pulse rate 82.

With Agency inputs