Team Anna breaks fast, announces formation of political party

Anna Hazare and his team broke their fast at Jantar Mantar on Friday evening.

Last Updated: Aug 03, 2012, 18:45 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: Anna Hazare and his team members broke their fast at Jantar Mantar on Friday evening. Former Army chief General VK Singh offered coconut water to the Gandhian. Gen Singh also offered the same to his other fasting members, Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia and Gopal Rai.

Announcing the formation of a political party, Anna Hazare and his team said that they were forced to go the political way as the government had become unresponsive.

A huge crowd of Anna supporters and others were present to witness Anna Hazare, Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia and Gopal Rai break their fast. The last three had begun their fast July 25 and were joined by Anna on July 29.

Former Army chief Gen (Retd) VK Singh was on the dais with other Team Members. Gen Singh was among 23 eminent personalities who had written a joint letter to Team Anna appealing them to end their fast and instead work towards providing a political alternative to the country.

Throwing light on the way forward, Anna Hazare said, “I did not break fast because we got scared of the government. I am breaking fast by the hands of the people who are clean.”

Referring to the 2014 General Elections, Anna said that he will tour the whole country and will create awareness among the people.

Anna also said something which he has said before, “I have no bank balance, live in village. I did not marry but I have a big family.” “People who live only for themselves die. Those who live for the nation, actually live,” he said

Anna reiterated that he will continue his fight till his last breath.

The announcement of the formation of the political party was earlier made by Arvind Kejriwal who said that they will form their ‘own party’. “Public will suggest the name of our political party and what the manifesto will be,” he said. “We will tour the country to select clean candidates. This is the time for total revolution,” he added.
“Many ministers in the cabinet are scared of the Lokpal Bill," he said.

Also speaking on the occasion General VK Singh said, “We appeal to Team Anna that the fast is fine but if they want to bring a change they have to enter the political arena.”

“It seems that the nation has become directionless. We have to join Anna and give a political alternative to the country.”

“If the youth want, they can change the fate of the nation. Attempt will be made to dissuade good people but you have to carry on,” Singh added.