Anna Hazare ends hunger strike after government assurance

Social activist claims officials offered to look into his demand for fair crop prices, appointment of anti-graft bodies and electoral reforms

New Delhi: Social activist Anna Hazare on Thursday called off his hunger strike in support of his demands as the federal government sought six months to deal with his demands on fair crop prices, appointment of anti-government bodies, and electoral reforms.

“The government has agreed to demand on crop prices and agreed to take steps on the appointment of a Lokpal at the Centre and Lokayuktas in the states as soon as possible,” Hazare said as he announced that he was going to break his fast.

Hazare said he had been assured regarding the new electoral reforms and implementation of the M.S. Swaminathan Committee report to address the agrarian crisis in the country.

“The governments are meant for the public and it is government’s responsibility to provide the best service to its people,” he said.

Hazare launched his agitation in support of his demands at the Ramlila Maidan here on March 23. Earlier, he had launched a movement against corruption in 2011.

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