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Satyajit Joshi, Hindustan Times
Ralegan Siddhi, December 18, 2013
With the lokpal bill passed in Rajya Sabha and to be introduced in Lok Sabha on Wednesday, activist Anna Hazare is looking forward to a speedy end to his fast.
Hazare, who has been on hunger strike on the Lokpal issue since December 10, was planning to continue till the President signed the bill. But after his weight dropped by 4.5 kg, he was persuaded to call it a day when the bill got passed in both houses.

Confident that the Lok Sabha will pass the bill by Wednesday, Hazare called the Rajya Sabha decision to pass the bill as a “revolutionary step”. The tribute is being seen as part of the growing bonhomie between Hazare and the Congress.

Hazare’s ‘thank you note’ to Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi for his initiative in passing the bill received a reply on Tuesday, in which Gandhi acknowledged the activist’s contribution.

Visibly upset with the Samajwadi Party, which has kept up its opposition to the bill, Hazare said Lokpal alone would not be able to wipe out corruption.

“More than half the corruption in the country can be curbed if Citizens Charter, Right to Reject and Recall are enforced,” he observed.

But all the same, “People were not experiencing jantantra because of corruption. A step has now been taken to do away this sentiment,” he said.