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Anna will continue his fast till health permits, says Kiran Bedi

New Delhi, Thu, 18 Aug 2011 ANI

New Delhi, Aug 18 (ANI): Former IPS officer and civil society activist Kiran Bedi today said that veteran social activist Anna Hazare will continue his fast till his health permits.


"As long as he can fast, he'll continue the fast. But the moment Dr Naresh Trehan's team is of the view that he needs medical attention, he will get medical attention because the object is that it is an indefinite fast and not a fast-unto- death," The Hindu quoted Bedi, as saying.


"He will fast as long as he can sustain it, he will fast as long as there is no threat to his life. His health cannot be allowed to deteriorate," she added.


Kiran Bedi, who inspected the preparations at the Ramlila Maidan here earlier in the day said Anna Hazare would be updated about the preparations.


"We need a ground, a microphone, toilets and water. We also need police arrangement. Surinder ji, the SHO here has assured us about the police arrangement. So we do not have a problem about it. Arya sir is saying that he will clean the place and hand over to us," Bedi told mediapersons at the Ramlila Maidan here.


"Till 2 p.m. or 3 p.m. all the arrangements are in place, even if the rainproof tent is not there, it does not matter, as it is not going to rain, so we will inform Anna. After that it depends on him whether he wants to come here today evening or tomorrow," she added.


Bedi further said that there was need to speed up the preparations so that the protestors could be brought under one roof.


"For this very reason we want that Anna should come here because the people who are scattered here and there should come to Ramlila ground," she added.


The Deputy Mayor of Delhi, Anil Sharma, earlier in the day said the MCD employees are making the Ramlila Ground ready as early as possible.


The standoff between Team Anna and the Delhi Police come to an end late on Wednesday night following hectic consultations between the two sides over the proposed fast site and the duration of the protest.


Delhi Police finally gave Team Anna the permission to fast for 15-days at Ramlila Maidan after marathon discussions between the civil society activists and Delhi Police Commissioner BK Gupta.


Initially, the police were insisting on allowing only five days' of protest, which was turned down by the activists who asked for permission for one month.


Police had earlier denied permission to Hazare to hold his indefinite fast at Jayaprakash Narayan Park near Ferozeshah Kotla Ground after the 74-year-old social activist refused to give an undertaking that he would restrict his anti-corruption protest to three days and the number of protesters to 5,000. (ANI)


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