DHAKA: Ignoring an appeal from his close aides, Anna Hazare Sunday joined three of his team members in their indefinite fast here after his four-day ultimatum to the government to concede to his demands on Lokpal Bill found no response.
Hazare, who had been sitting along with his three fasting colleagues for the past four days, reached Jantar Mantar here this morning to slogans of ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’, ‘Vande Mataram’ and ‘Inquilab Zindabad’.
‘My team had told me not to fast citing health reasons. When over 400 people are on fast, I cannot ignore them and not be on fast. Saturday also my team appealed to me not to fast but I am sitting on fast from now. I consider I have your permission,’ Hazare said addressing the gathering at the venue.
Even after Hazare announced his decision, some of those who were fasting appealed to him not to fast again, saying his life is valuable and his leadership is needed.
Hazare then picked up the microphone and said, ‘Till we get Jan Lokpal, the countrymen will not allow me to die.’
The 74-year-old activist had asked the government to concede to his demands on Lokpal Bill by Saturday or else he would go on fast.
His close aide Arvind Kejriwal had on Saturday made a public appeal to Hazare not to fast citing his health.
This is the fourth indefinite fast by Hazare since April last year, reports Hindustan Times.
BDST: 1643 HRS, JUL 29, 2012
Edited by Robab Rosan, Cultural Affairs Editor
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