New Delhi, Aug 28: The 'fasting fakir' as Gandhian Anna Hazare is referred to these days has finally decided to end his 12 day fast in his fight against corruption. He will break his fast at 10am on Sunday.
Massive celebrations are underway in various parts of the country, with people calling it the 'people's victory'. The 74 year old Anna, who managed to mobilize people across the nation in the fabric of patriotism and love for the nation clearing the the humungous hurdle on the anti-corruption ombudsaman that was facing an uncertain future.
The man who was largely instrumental in combining the largely urban populace in India and urging them to come to the roads to register their protest against the rampant coruption dogging the country. With the Parliament conveying a special session on Saturday in order to achieve a consensus to pass a resolution for an effective Lokpal Bill, the issue is now with the Standing Committee to fine tune the details of the Bill.
With the spirit of vigour and determination still alive, Anna Hazare annouced to the teeming crowds gathered at the Ramlila Grounds late Saturday night, "It is half victory. Full victory is still left. It is the victory our countrymen, who have supported us in this fight."
With Anna Hazare and Team Anna emerging as national heroes, the government has cut a sorry picture for itself at the end of it all. With the last minute passing of the resolution in Parliament, exposing the helplessness of the govt, the matter led by Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee in the Lok Sabha could have gone all wrong till the last moment.
After the meeting with Law Minister Salman Khursheed and Team Anna there were talks that there was not going to be a vote, this is when Team Anna flexed its muscles and said that they were not pleased with this proposition. They also accused the govt of back-tracking and stated that Anna will continue with his fast if there was no vote. With the govt displaying yet another instance of bending backwards in front of the fasting Anna, they had to resort to voice vote leading to the resolution getting unanimously passed in both houses.
The three sticky issues that Team Anna had raised was also swept away, with the government agreeing and raising no objections on the contentious issues.