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Anna Hazare : Real Diwali only after Lokpal bill is passed

Mumbai, Oct 26 (): Anna Hazare who is on a ‘maun vrat’ (vow of silence), thanked the people for their part in the battle for the Jan Lokpal bill. He led his village Ralegan Siddhi in lighting 10,000 diyas to herald the festival of lights but cautioned that the “real Diwali” would be when the Jan Lokpal bill is passed.

“Anna wrote that the real Diwali will be when the bill is passed,” Hazare’s associate Datta Awari said.

“We will celebrate Diwali in true sense on the day when Jan Lokpal Bill will be implemented. That Diwali will enlighten us from within and outside. This year, we are celebrating Diwali like every year but this time around let us try to celebrate ‘that’ Diwali,” Hazare said.

In a written message, the septuagenarian thanked the people for their part in the battle for the Jan Lokpal bill. He wrote that until Lokpal bill is passed the real Diwali would not be celebrated. He distributed sweets to students  and clothes to poor people in the village.

Hazare had blogged on Monday night, defending members of his team in the face of recent controversies including inflation of travel bills by Kiran Bedi. Even after Bedi decided to return the extra travel money claimed by her for attending various events, Hazare tried to put up a defence for her.

“To accuse and humiliate seems to be the mantra of the few. This is not the first time that such accusations have been levelled against Kiran Bedi. Every member of Team Anna had to face accusations and character assassination by the ‘gang of four.’ Who are these people? Those are the very same people who are not in favour of Jan Lokpal Bill,” he said.

Hazare hoped that people who are busy levelling accusations against his team would join him in celebrations when the bill is finally passed.