Well-known social activist Anna Hazare ended his fast after having a satisfactory discussion with Maharashtra Chief Minister Anna Hazare.
Maharashtha Chief Minister Devendra Gangadhar Rao Fadnavis met Anna Hazare at his native Ralegan Siddhi village in Ahmednagar district held talks with him.CM wanted Anna to end his agitation, a demand to which Anna agreed. Union ministers Radha Mohan Singh and Subhash Bhamre and Maharashtra minister Girish Mahajan were also present with Fadnavis while he had this discussion with Anna. Dignitaries like Sompal Shastri, Popatrao Pawar and others also showed their presence during the course of this meeting.
CM assured Anna that he will take a strong decision very soon on the implementation of Lokpal bill. Anna have been blaming BJP for betraying the trust of people, as BJP was earlier in favor of a Lokpal bill but became allergic to it after winning 2014 elections in Maharashtra.
Anna has also been demanding the implementation of Swaminathan Commission’s recommendations which talks about ways to address agrarian distress, besides reforms pertaining to the electoral sector.
Key players in Maharashtra politics have already extended their support to agitation of Anna. MNS (Maharashtra Navnirman Sena) chief Raj Thackeray and water conservationist Rajendra Singh met Hazare previously and extended their support to his agitation. Raj Thackeray asked him not to sacrifice his life for the “useless” government.
Shiv Sena which is an ally of BJP at the Centre and also in state, has extended its support to Anna, asking him to emulate socialist leader Jayaprakash Narayan and lead an agitation against corruption, the way it was done by Narayan in the tenure of Indira Gandhi.
Anna had led a nationwide agitation by going for an “indefinite fast” in April 2011 at Jantar Mantar in Delhi demanding creation of a Lokpal bill that would be a stringent measure to fight against the practice of rampant corruption which plagued the nation during the tenure of Manmohan Singh government. This demand was rejected by the Prime Minister.
This massive agitation was strongly supported by heavyweights like Kiran Bedi, Baba Ramdev, Shri Shri Ravi Shankar and Arvind Kejriwal.