Maharashta: Hazare calls off his strike after CM Fadnavis accepts demand

Hazare, who  launched a hunger strike on January 30 in his village Ralegan Siddhi, Maharashtra, against the centre’s delay in appointing a Lokpal and against the state government for not providing passage to the Lokayukta Act in the state, has lost around 4.30 kg weight in the last seven days, doctors said.

Saima Siddiqui

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Published on 6 Feb 2019 6:19 AM GMT

Maharashta: Hazare calls off his strike after CM Fadnavis accepts demand
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Ralegan Siddhi: Social activist Anna Hazare called off his indefinite strike, here on Tuesday, after Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, promised that his government will prepare a new bill on Lokpal.

The 81-year-old said that he was satisfied with the promises made by govt on Lokpal, Lokayukta and agriculture pricing.

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Fadnavis said that the Lokpal search committee will meet on 13 February and a joint drafting committee has been set up to prepare a new bill which will be introduced in the next session.

Hazare, who launched a hunger strike on January 30 in his village Ralegan Siddhi, Maharashtra, against the centre’s delay in appointing a Lokpal and against the state government for not providing passage to the Lokayukta Act in the state, has lost around 4.30 kg weight in the last seven days, doctors said.

He has also been demanding implementation of the Swaminathan Commission recommendations on ways to address agrarian distress, besides electoral reforms.

Hazare had Monday claimed that senior BJP leaders who once backed his Lokpal demand had turned ‘allergic’ to it after coming to power and accused the ruling dispensation of betraying people who voted it to power in 2014.

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“During my Ramlila Maidan agitation on Lokpal and Lokayukta, the entire country stood up. An atmosphere was created. That is the reason why you (BJP) came to power. Now you are betraying the people who brought you to power,” Hazare had said.

He also claimed that in March 2018, when he had launched the agitation Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had mediated in between and centre gave in writing that it would fulfil the demands following which Hazare had withdrew the agitation from Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan.

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