Govt stoops to 'aam admi', Anna to end fast at 10 am on Apr9

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New Delhi, Apr 9: The Manmohan Singh government, finally, nodded to the demands tabled by 72-year-old crusader Anna Hazare and his followers. After a 4-day struggle, Hazare declared that on the fifth day of his indefinite fast, he will put an end to the 'fast-unto-death'.

On Saturday, Apr 9, Hazare will end his fast at 10 am. The government spokesperson and union telecom minister Kapil Sibal welcomed Hazare's decision as Sibal stated, "This is a victory for democracy," and also informed that the government will form the joint committee to draft the Lokpal Bill to tackle corruption in the country. (What is Lokpal Bill?)

The UPA government also agreed to Hazare's demand of two members headed panel. Now, union finance minister Pranab Mukherjee will be the chairman of the joint committee and from the civil society, former law minister Shanti Bhushan will be the co-chairman of the committee, sources informed.

According to the latest information, the final official announcement will take place on Saturday. The people in the 10 member committee are - Anna Hazare, lawyers Shanti Bhushan and Prashant Bhushan, anti-corruption activist Arvind Kejriwal and former Supreme Court judge Santosh Hegde (5 members from civil society).

The rest five from government side are - Pranab Mukherjee, Law Minister Veerappa Moily, Telecom Minister Sibal, Home Minister P Chidambaram and Water Resources Minister Salman Khurshid.

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