I am forced to go on fast: Hazare

Anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare reached here on Monday, to push for a strong Lokpal with a three-day hunger strike starting Tuesday evening.

Despite suffering from fever and cold, the 74-year-old Mr. Hazare left his village Ralegan-Siddhi, halting at Sant Gyaneshwar temple to offer prayers before reaching here after a six-hour drive.

Mere information of his arrival here created a wave of excitement among the volunteers of India Against Corruption (IAC) movement. “He has reached and now the wheel of change will turn, we expect well over a lakh people to come each day. Even before the actual event crowds have started to gather at the venue and there have been over one lakh online registrations,” a 21-year-old student volunteering at the venue as an usher said.

On Tuesday, Mr. Hazare will begin his fast after garlanding Mahatma Gandhi’s statue in Juhu and a rally of bikes will move with him towards the MMRDA ground where he would sit on his protest fast. He will be on fast till December 29 followed by a ‘jail bharo andolan’ on December 30 across the country.

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