Lokapal Bill: Set to break fast, Anna thanks MPs for support

Anna Hazare, who has been on an indefinite fast since December 10, said Tuesday he will break it as soon as the Lok Sabha passes the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill.

"Today the bill has been passed in the Rajya Sabha. I thank the MPs of all political parties who supported the bill, except those of the Samajwadi Party. I am confident the bill will be passed in the Lok Sabha tomorrow," a jubilant Anna said. "I am glad the MPs finally acknowledged the people of this country need a bill to fight corruption, which has made the lives of citizens miserable."

He said the passage was made possible by the movement started by the people of the country and the change of opinion of public representatives. "It's been 66 years since Independence but the poor citizens have not got a taste of the freedom this country won such a long time ago. It's my belief that once this bill is passed in the Lok Sabha and becomes a law, the people will get to experience true democracy."

He added, however, that he does not believe the institution of a Lokpal will eradicate corruption entirely. "I believe only 40 to 50 per cent corruption will be curbed through the Lokpal. We will have to set up a few more systems to get rid of corruption to a greater extent," he said.

The expression of gratitude towards politicians came after he had maintained political parties were resisting the bill as most of their members were corrupt themselves. On Tuesday, he said, "We saw during the debate in the Rajya Sabha that a lot of MPs were speaking with concern for society and the country. It's wrong to say that all the politicians are thieves. There are a few like that but to blame all would be wrong," he said.

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