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Anna Hazare on one-day fast for strong Lokpal Bill

New Delhi, Dec 11 (): Anna Hazare has said that the UPA government will have to bow to the will of the people reiterating that he will continue with his fight for a strong Lokpal Bill.

Today morning, Anna Hazare sat on a day-long fast at Jantar Mantar protesting against proposals of Parliamentary Standing Committee on the anti-graft measure.

Hazare began his fast at around 10:15am. “My fast has begun. I will not speak much now,” he told his supporters as he also chanted ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ and ‘Vande Mataram’.

Along with Hazare, prominent members of Team Anna like Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia, Sanjay Singh and Kumar Vishwas also joined the fast.

He said the government will have to bring a strong Lokpal Bill and for that, the parties should fight inside Parliament and if the government does not agree, they should join the campaign against corruption.

Addressing a huge gathering at Jantar Mantar, where he observed a token daylong fast, Anna said it is the duty of the law makers to work for the common man who elects them.

Anna Hazare appealed to opposition parties to join his agitation for a strong Lokpal if they do not have the numbers to correct the government in Parliament.

Leaders of BJP, CPI(M), CPI, JD(U), Akali Dal, TDP and BJD participated in the public debate on Lokpal bill at Jantar Mantar where Hazare was sitting on a one-day dharna.

“If government hesitates in passing a strong Lokpal Bill or rejects your suggestions and if you (opposition) fall short of numbers, we can do one thing. The people are here with us.

“You can join us with all your parties and party men and come to the streets for a larger campaign. Let us see how the government does not do it. We will ensure that no jail in the country remains empty, such will be our campaign,” Hazare said after political leaders put their views on the issue.

Hazare has also warned the government that if a strong Lokpal Bill is not passed in the ongoing Winter Session of Parliament, he will sit on an indefinite fast from December 27 at Ramlila Maidan.