Social activist Anna Hazare today called off his hunger strike over the appointment of Lokpal and passage of the Lokayukta Act in Maharashtra, following a marathon meeting with Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and two union minisers.
Hazare, 81, had started his indefinite fast on January 30 over “non-fulfilment” of assurances by the Centre and the Maharashtra government on the appointment of Lokpal and passage of the Lokayukta Act in the state. “I have decided to call off my fast after satisfactory talks with Fadnavis and the other ministers,” he added.
Fadnavis, who reached Hazare’s native Ralegan Siddhi village in Ahmednagar district in the afternoon and held prolonged talks with him and told him that 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.