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Doctors advise Hazare to rest before beginning Aug.16 hunger strike

Gurgaon , Sat, 13 Aug 2011 ANI

Gurgaon (Haryana), Aug.13 (ANI): Veteran social activist Anna Hazare, who is due to begin an indefinite hunger strike from August 16, was advised by doctors at the Medanta Medcity hospital in Gurgaon to rest on Saturday.


Speaking to mediapersons in Gurgaon, Hazare's associate, activist Swami Agnivesh, said that while Anna would not be attending the 'Kisan Mahapanchayat' (farmer's rally) in the Mewat region of Haryana, his message would be sent across.


"Anna Hazare is in good health. His doctors, however, have asked him to rest. He will, therefore, give his message to the farmers over the phone and we will play it on the loudspeakers," he said.


He also added that Hazare had been admitted to the hospital for a routine check-up.


"There is nothing wrong with his health. He went for a general medical check-up, which was necessary since he will be going on an indefinite hunger strike from August 16," he added.


Kiran Bedi, social activist and another associate of Hazare said that the federal Government's version of the Ombudsman Bill lacked any mechanism to protect the interests of the people.


"The federal Government's version of the Ombudsman Bill has nothing in it for the common man. It will only facilitate an increase in corruption. Today, it is the ordinary people who suffer the most. People need to understand that the bill, the Government is proposing, is for protecting its' own interests. For example, the Central Bureau of Investigation is not an independent agency. By creating another agency like it, which lacks independence, the whole purpose behind the Ombudsman bill is defeated."


Hazare is due to begin an indefinite hunger strike from August 16, to protest against the Government's version of the Ombudsman bill, a legislation which is being claimed as a one-stop solution to the corruption plaguing the country. (ANI)


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