New Delhi: Even as the supporters of Anna Hazare are jubilant over the government’s surrender before the Gandhian activist and given nod to continue his fast on the Lokpal issue, Union Home Secretary RK Singh on Thursday said that it should not be viewed as someone’s victory or defeat.
Speaking to reporters, Singh said, “There is no question of anyone claiming victory of defeat. If Team Anna is claiming victory then it is not the right picture.”
The Home Secretary further stated that the stand-off between Anna Hazare and the government was resolved only through concerted conversations and negotiations.
“Delhi Police and Team Anna have worked out amongst themselves details of civil society leader Anna Hazare`s fast in central Delhi`s Ramlila ground,” Singh told reporters.
"Delhi Police and Anna Hazare`s team have worked out among themselves (details) for a 15-day fast at the Ramlila ground," Singh said.
When asked to verify claims by Team Anna that the permission given by Delhi Police for Hazare’s fast was unconditional, Home Secretary said, “There are certain conditions that they have to adhere to. Conditions pertaining to the use of loudspeakers etc are there.”
In a dramatic turn of events, Delhi Police allowed Team Anna to hold their fast at Ramilia ground in central Delhi for fifteen days. The conditions imposed earlier were also withdrawn.
Hazare, 74, had planned to begin his fast for a stronger anti-corruption Lokpal Bill from the JP Park in the ITO area on Tuesday. However, Delhi Police imposed certain conditions before allowing the protest. Hazare refused to sign the undertaking, following which the police detained him and his other team members.