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Anna meets Kejriwal, appeals to end fast

Anna Hazare arrived in Delhi on Friday evening to try and convince his erstwhile team member Arvind Kejriwal to end his seven-day fast against "inflated" power bills in the national capital.

New Delhi: Anna Hazare Friday night visited Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal at his indefinite fast site here and urged him to call off his fast citing his deteriorating health.

The meeting between Hazare and Kejriwal took place at around 10:50 PM.

This is the first time that both Hazare and Kejriwal came on a common platform since they parted ways in September last year. Kejriwal had, however, called on Hazare a number of times after the September 19 split.

The fast of Kejriwal against "inflated" power bills has entered the seventh day today at Sunder Nagri in north-east Delhi.

Hazare, who had split with Kejriwal in September last year on the question of anti-corruption movement taking a political plunge, was on way to Amritsar where he will launch his nation-wide tour on Sunday.

After his arrival at the Delhi airport, Hazare said he would ask Kejriwal to break his fast as his health was deteriorating. "Government wants us to die, but we should fight," he said.

Hazare said one or two days more of fasting is okay but not more than that. He said he had asked Kejriwal to break the fast as the struggle is a long one.

"I told him we should not kill ourselves. These fasts are bringing awareness among people. People in the whole country have awakened now. In future, we will continue to tolerate till we can and then break the fast and once we regain health we should again stand up to fight. This is not a four-day battle. But a very long war," Hazare said addressing the crowd.

He said Kejriwal is not asking for money or administrative position but just asking the government to take note of the trouble that the poor are going through. "If a poor man gets a electricity bill of Rs 3,000-4,000, from where is he going to pay," he said.

Thanking Hazare, Kejriwal said he was grateful to the veteran activist for taking time to meet him.

The meeting has come as a shot in the arm of Kejriwal as a large number of volunteers have delinked themselves from the movement citing that they want to remain apolitical.

Hazare was against the anti-corruption movement turning into a political party as planned by Kejriwal.

The 74-year-old activist has been making flip-flops about his visit to Kejriwal`s fast site.

Hazare had last week said Kejriwal had visited him earlier this month to seek his blessings before the fast and invite him. He had said he was not with any party.

The septuagenarian activist, however, had said he will see if he gets time to visit Kejriwal and that there was no harm if two men meet and talk.