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Ramdev eviction: Team Anna ends day-long fast at Rajghat

June 8, 2011 - New Delhi

Gandhian Anna Hazare and his supporters on Wednesday evening ended their day-long fast at the Rajghat to protest the police brutality on yoga guru Baba Ramdev and thousands of his followers at the Ramlila ground here late on Saturday night.

Hazare, who ended the fast at 6 p.m., earlier in the day said that his agitation against corruption was the 'second freedom struggle', and gave the government a deadline of August 15 to agree to their demands for enactment of the proposed Lokpal Bill.

"If the Lokpal Bill is not passed, I will go on fast again from August 16 at Jantar Mantar. If the government does not listen I shall fast till I breathe my last," Hazare said.

"This is India's second freedom struggle. We achieved independence because of Mahatma Gandhi and other freedom fighters, but we have not achieved independence in the right sense. Has corruption reduced ever since we achieved independence? Has crime reduced? So what if the British left our country, the corrupt leaders are still here," he added, while taking on the government.

The 72-year-old activist, who has become the face of a campaign named India Against Corruption, further said: "We have two objectives behind this fast. First is against the government crackdown on Baba Ramdev. And the second objective is to curb corruption through the enactment of the Lokpal (Ombudsman) bill. The government has to get the Lokpal Bill. That is the reason we held an indefinite fast starting April 05, 2011, but still the government does nothing and holds meetings."

Hazare had earlier gone on a five-day-long fast in April till the government conceded the demand for a strong anti-Lokpal Bill.


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