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Ralegan Siddhi postpones Anna's arrival celebrations

Ralegan Siddhi (Maharashtra) , Thu, 01 Sep 2011 ANI

Ralegan Siddhi (Maharashtra), Sep 1 (ANI): Residents of Anna Hazare's hometown Ralegan Siddhi have postponed his arrival celebrations by a day keeping in view his health and vowed not to indulge in a pompous show as per the veteran social activist's wishes.Anna has not recovered completely as yet, and so, the villagers have decided that the village assembly that we had organised for today should be postponed for tomorrow. Tomorrow at 3 p.m. at the 'Shanti Niketan' school grounds a village assembly will be held where he will be heartily welcomed," said Subhash Pathare, a villager.


"But unlike last time we will not bring horses and elephants, as Anna did not like that. So whatever Anna does not like, we will not do. We will welcome him in a humble way. People from all the nearby villages will come and they will be served sweets and food. Everyone will eat food together as one big family," he added.


Meanwhile, Anna's brother Maruti Baburao Hazare said he was confident that his brother would not give up his demand for a strong and effective Lokpal Bill and come out victorious.


"It was bound to happen. Villagers were not sure, but I was confident that whatever Anna has decided for the (Ombudsman) bill he would not give up. He is a winner. If he decides something then he does not gives it up until it is completed," said Baburao Hazare, when asked about the success of Anna's hunger strike.


"Yesterday, when Anna came at around 1 a.m., everybody busted firecrackers and everyone raised slogans of his name. After that Anna visited a Yadubaba temple and after that he went to 'Padmavati' temple, where he is residing right now," he added, while expressing delight over his brother's achievements.


Anna returned to Ralegan Siddhi after being discharged from Gurgaon's Medanta Medicity Hospital the previous evening. He was admitted to the hospital on Sunday after he broke his 12-day fast in support of a strong Lokpal.


India's top cardiologist Dr. Naresh Trehan, who was monitoring Anna's health condition along with at his medical team, earlier on Wednesday, said Anna is recovering well and has begun to consume soft solid food.


After securing Parliament's nod on key elements of Jan Lokpal bill, Anna broke his over 288 hour-long fast on Sunday declaring that electoral reforms will be next on his agenda.


The latest developments came after both the Houses of Parliament on Saturday agreed in principle with Anna's three key demands.


Both Houses of Parliament adopted a resolution on the sense of house accepting key demands of Hazare on citizen charter, lower bureaucracy to be under the ambit of Lokpal and establishment of state Lokayuktas and power of Lokpal to penalise grievance redressal mechanism violators. (ANI)


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