The dabbawalas had decided to go on a fast last week after Anna pledged to start his fast on Aug 16. But a day before the scheduled fast was to begin, they retracted from their statement and said that going on a fast would only impact their business heavily. (Read more: U-turn from Anna's movement, Mumbai dabbawalas not to fast).
“We support Anna Hazare and his cause, but after three days of holiday it is a little tough for us to join him," Raghunath Medge, president, Mumbai Jeevan Dabbawala Association had said.
“It will affect our business greatly. We are poor people and already the long holiday has caused us some financial losses. Another day owing to Hazare's fast will cause more damage to us.
“It is a good cause, but we can't join because of practical reasons," he had said.