Veteran social activist Anna Hazare on Tuesday called off his seven-day long fast after the Maharashtra government accepted his demands concerning appointment of Lokpal. Hazare, 81, had started his indefinite fast on January 30 over appointment of anti-corruption watchdogs.
He decided to called off his fast after a marathon meeting with Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and two Union ministers at Ralegan Siddhi.
"I have decided to call off my fast after satisfactory talks with Fadnavis and the other ministers," Hazare told reporters.
Fadnavis, who reached Hazare's native Ralegan Siddhi village in Ahmednagar district in the afternoon and held prolonged talks with him, said the government has accepted the activist's demands.
The process of appointing Lokpal will be initiated soon, Fadnavis said. Union ministers Radha Mohan Singh and Subhash Bhamre and Maharashtra minister Girish Mahajan were also present during talks with Hazare.
Maharashtra: Anna Hazare ends his fast in Ralegan Siddhi, Ahmednagar. He was on a fast since the last six days for the formation of Lokpal at the Centre and Lokayuktas in the states. pic.twitter.com/YBaJGK0Tec— ANI (@ANI) February 5, 2019
Hazare began his fast demanding appointment of Lokpal at the Centre and Lokayuktas in states where such statutory anti-corruption watchdogs do not exist, and resolution of farmers' issues.
He has also been demanding implementation of the Swaminathan Commission recommendations on ways to address agrarian distress, besides electoral reforms.
(With inputs from PTI)