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No more fasts, will fight through agitations: Anna

PTI  Pune, September 29, 2012
First Published: 15:55 IST(29/9/2012) | Last Updated: 21:44 IST(29/9/2012)

Anna Hazare has said that he will not resort to fasting any more to press for his demands, and will fight for his causes through agitations.

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"Now onwards I will not undertake fast. In future I will fight for my causes through agitations," Hazare said on Friday night at a Ganesh mandal ceremony in Pimpri-Chinchwad industrial township near Pune.

The anti-corruption crusader also said he would continue to work to send "clean" people to Parliament.

He said a large number of retired IAS officers had shown their willingness to join his movement for a corruption-free India.

Expressing full faith in country's youth, Hazare asked them not to be pessimistic about future of the country.

Hazare had gone for fast three times last year (twice in Delhi and once in Mumbai) to press for a strong lokpal bill.

The Gandhian again sat on a protest fast at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi in July this year.

Earlier, he had undertaken hunger strikes on several occasions in Maharashtra on issues related to corruption and transparency in governance.

Hazare says he is deeply influenced by Mahatma Gandhi, for whom fasting was a spiritual weapon.


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