Celebrations after Hazare accord with government



New Delhi: Celebrations broke out tonight at Jantar Mantar, the nerve-centre of the Lokpal Bill protest led by Anna Hazare, after the government brokered an agreement with Hazare-led anti-corruption activists on the issue.

Dancing to the beating drums and singing of patriotic songs, hundreds of people erupted in euphoria as Hazare announced that he will end his fast-unto-death protest tomorrow morning after reaching an agreement.

The venue of Hazare's hunger strike resonated with 'Anna Hazare Zindabad', 'Bharat Mata ki Jai', 'Vande Mataram' and 'Inquilab Zindabad' slogans as anti-corruption activists waved tricolours.

"This is a great victory. The government has bowed before the might of the public," said Manish Sharma, a DU student who was at the protest site for the past four days. (

India's first woman IPS officer Kiran Bedi, who was part of the negotiating team, said "it is a victory of the people of India, a bigger victory than the cricket World Cup".

Magsaysay award winner Arvind Kejriwal, a key member of Hazare's supporting group, said "all the nitty-gritties of the anti-corruption law drafting committee and all the decisions related to it will be brought before the public when "we draft the bill".

"If government makes any hanky-panky (gadhbadh) again, then we will again come to Jantar Mantar. The fight has just begun. The bill will come to Parliament and we know it is not full of good people (hum jante hai Parliament mein bhale log nahi hai)," he said.

PTI