After six days of continuous fast, social activist and protestor Anna Hazare ended the fast at Ramlila Maidan in Delhi, post meeting with Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis and upon receiving assurance that his demands will be fulfilled within 6 months.
The 80-year-old anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare, after 4 years, once again went ahead to fasting protest to push the government for fulfilling his demands which includes – appointment of Lok Pal at the Centre and Lokayuktas in the states, and giving better prices to the farmers for their yield. On Monday, he Centre reached out to Hazare, with its emissary and Maharashtra minister Girish Mahajana, assuring the social-activist that most of his “demands will be taken care of”. Later on, a draft was sent to Hazare and his team, providing details of how the execution would happen along with a timeline.
Fasting continuously for six days, Anna Hazare ended his fast on Thursday evening after meeting Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Union Minister of State for Agriculture Gajendra Shekhawat. Hazare and his team members accepted the proposal on Thursday and the government six month time to implement the proposed draft. Soon after the acceptance, Fadnavis fed Anna coconut water to end his protest. Hazare’s aide Datta Awari had claimed earlier that Hazare had lost five to six kilograms of weight during his fasting protest.
After the protest, Anna’s core team members expressed their happiness over the successful protest. One of his aide said, “Anna’s hard work and every farmer’s dedication has yielded fruits for the country. The government has agreed to almost 8 demands and for other demands, they have requested for some more time, which Anna provided.” However, after ending the fast, Anna Hazare warned the government that if the demands are not met as promised in the draft, he and his aides will protest again in September.