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Anna agrees to 14-day fast at Ramlila Maidan

delhi Updated: Aug 18, 2011 08:28 IST
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After rounds of talks between Anna Hazare, his team and Delhi Police, an agreement was finally reached on Wednesday night. Kiran Bedi through micro blogging site Twitter informed that Anna Hazare has accepted Delhi Police's proposal of 14-day fast in Ramlila Ground.

Earlier, although Delhi Police negotiators were willing to accept five of Hazare's six demands, he refused to budge from Tihar Jail until the authorities accepted his sixth condition — that his fast be allowed for 30 days instead of the seven that the police were willing to permit.

Police negotiators and Hazare and his associates, who negotiated inside the prison premises, came to an agreement on several issues. They agreed that the fast venue would be the spacious Ramlila Grounds and that there would be no ceiling on the number of protesters.

They also agreed that loudspeakers would be used at the venue and that Hazare would be examined by government as well as private doctors.

“We have relaxed the contentious restrictions and offered them an alternative venue,” said Delhi Police spokesperson Rajan Bhagat.

"They (Team Anna) will be able to accommodate more people, more vehicles and also use loudspeakers…their fast can be carried on for at least seven days which can be extended on a day-to-day basis," said a senior police officer.

Hazare's associate and former IPS officer Kiran Bedi said, “Annaji is not coming out of jail as yet. We are asking the police to allow us an agitation for 30 days at the Ramlila Maidan but they have not agreed.”

The Congress core committee, which met in the morning, decided that Hazare be allowed to go ahead with his protest plans. “The decision to arrest was an administrative decision but the decision to release him was a political one,” home minister P Chidambaram said in the Lok Sabha.

The assessment of the Congress leadership is that trying to regulate the agitation was turning out to be counterproductive as only emotions, not substantive issues, are guiding the popular mood. “Let the issue play out. If they gather so much public support and we lose the next elections, then so be it,” a senior Congress functionary said.

with agency inputs