New Delhi, Aug 28: Gandhian anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare, 74, ended his fast on 13th day today at Ramlila Ground in New Delhi. Amid thousands of supporters, who were there since August 16 supporting him in a crusade for Jan Lokpal Bill, Anna ended his fast at 10:20 a.m. by taking coconut water mixed with honey offered by two little girl.
Before taking the coconut water Gandhian activist said, “I have just suspended the fast.. did not end it. The fight will go on till parliament passes the Lokpal bill.” Anna further said, “It is a victory of the people,” thanked his supporters for the 'success' of his nationwide anti-corruption campaign.
"I thank all of you for today. It's your success," Anna Hazare said from Ramlila Maidan.
Earlier, on Saturday he announced that he would end the fast on Sunday as the Congress-led UPA government had agreed to his three demands and sent it to the Parliamentary Standing Committee for consideration.
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee had announced in the Lok Sabha yesterday that the Anna Hazare’s version of the Lokpal Bill would now rest with the Standing Committee.
Anna Hazare started his fast on August 16 demanding stronger version of the anti-corruption bill, termed as Jan Lokpal Bill. Police official arrested him from his home on that day and taken to Tihar jail, fueling the public sentiment in his favor which led to his release a day after.
However, the Gandhian activist in his ending note appealed to people abide by the Gandhian principle of nonviolence and keep on fighting till the corruption is rooted out of the country.