Team Anna on Thursday - the ninth day of their indefinite fast against corruption - announced that they would end their agitation on Friday evening and asked supporters to voice their opinion on a 'political alternative'.
Anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare, left, sits with his key aide Arvind Kejriwal, during a protest at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi. AP Photo
The development came hours after they got a letter from eminent personalities to come up with an alternative political force.
Asking the protesters not to expect anything from the establishment, the letter said: "We call upon them to focus energies on creating an alternative political force that is democratic and accountable, ethical...," actor Anupam Kher read out from the letter signed by jurist VR Krishna Iyer, former army chief Gen VK Singh, justice Santosh Hegde and sociologist Yogender Yadav among others.
After offering the people a set of questions on 'political alternatives', Anna Hazare said: "I will not join the system, but support it from outside."
The ninth day of the fast by India Against Corruption members Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia and Gopal Rai along with 350 others at Jantar Mantar saw several film personalities at the venue.
Hazare explained the concept of decentralisation of power to bring about a change.
"We have to consider the fact that we are talking of a political alternative in a country where candidates spend Rs, 15-20 crore per election. We have to think how we can counter this without money and muscle power," he said.
Kejriwal said: "This is a people's movement and they have always decided the course of action." Team Anna asked people to voice their opinions in two days. Kiran Bedi asked: "Is everyone ready for such a huge responsibility?"