Ailing Anna calls off jail bharo andolan, ends fast

Written by Press Trust of India | Mumbai | Updated: Dec 29 2011, 08:00am hrs
Anna Hazare on Wednesday made a surprise announcement of calling off his jail bharo andolan from Friday and also ended his fast.

No reasons were given by Hazare for the abrupt decisions but apparently it was the poor public response to the three-day fast which he had began on Tuesday in Mumbai and to have a parallel fast by his team in Delhi that weighed heavily on his mind.

He was also unwell and was earlier urged by his doctors to give up the fast.

A girl from Ralegan Siddhi, Hazares village, gave the activist a glass of juice to break the fast. Hazare offered juice to his team members Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia and Mayank Gandhi.

Curtains came down suddenly on the fast with the activist, who showed up on stage for the first time since Tuesday, making the announcement about calling it off.

He also announced indefinite suspension of the Jail Bharo agitation planned for three days after the scheduled conclusion of his fast on Thursday. His close aide Kejriwal said the fast was being called off keeping in mind the health of Hazare and the way the weak Lokpal Bill was bulldozed in Lok Sabha.

...Whatever we are seeing in Parliament is tragic. So I have decided to call off the fast. There is only one way now. We will make a programme in the five states and go and awaken people there. I will tell them dont vote for traitors, Hazare told a protest meeting in the afternoon.

Replying to a question by a reporter on poor turn out, Hazare said, I have no power, no money, yet people come. You will see at the time of elections how people rise to the occasion.