Vilasrao Deshmukh conveys PM's message to Anna Hazare

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New Delhi, Aug 25: Union Science and Technology Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh on Thursday, Aug 25 met Anna Hazare in order to convey him a message from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

"A lot of people from Maharashtra have met me and asked me to request Annaji to end his fast. I went to meet Anna to inquire his health and requested him to end fast following the appeal by Parliament and the Prime Minister. So I went there," said Deshmukh.

According to sources, Anna Hazare is ready to negotiate directly with the Government to end the deadlock over the Lokpal issue. Also, the Government has agreed to almost 80 per cent of his demands and this can be considered as the right time to talk directly with the Government.

As the 74-year-old Anna entered his tenth day of fast, his supporters have expressed their concern over his falling health and feel that the fast and agitation cannot be continued for an indefinite period of time. In fact, sources say that the crisis can be resolved if any credible political leader speaks to Hazare. He is reportedly ready to talk to any leader from Maharashtra, including Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan.

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