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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Anna breaks fast, says fight against corruption will go on

Social activist Anna Hazare ended his 12-day fast by sipping tender coconut water mixed with honey. offered by two little girls Simran and Ikra, at Ramlila Grounds in New Delhi on Sunday.

Addressing thousands of cheering supporters, Mr. Hazare said, "I have just defererd my agitation, the fight is on for a Lokpal."

The Gandhian said the fight has just begun for electoral reforms and changes in education and other sectors. "Dont remain silent even after passage of a strong Lokpal, continue your fight for change in system," he said.

Earlier, hundreds of supporters descended at the historic Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi, where the anti-corruption crusader broke his fast on the 13th day.

Around 4,000 people stayed overnight at the protest venue while hundreds of others arrived early in the morning.

“I started at around 5 a.m. as I wanted to ensure that I could be in the front row, so that I could witness Anna breaking his fast,” said 37-year-old Ramesh Kumar, a resident of Ghaziabad.

There was a festive atmosphere at the ground, as people are singing and dancing to the tune of drums and celebrating the “victory” of Mr. Hazare.

Another supporter Vijay Gupta, who had come along with his family from Lucknow said he was “happy to be part of history in making.” “I am extremely happy that the government has conceded to the demand of Anna Hazare, the corruption is affecting everybody in the society and we want a very strong Lokpal Bill,” he said amid chanting of slogans.

There was heavy deployment of police personnel in and around the venue. People hoisted flags and chanted slogans making the atmosphere festive and jubilant.

PTI

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