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Annaji must discontinue his fast: Santosh Hegde

August 23, 2011 19:01 IST

Team Anna member and former Karnataka Lokayukta Justice (retd) N Santosh Hegde on Tuesday appealed to Anna Hazare to end his eight-day fast, saying everyone is "honestly" concerned about his health.

Hegde said the 73-year-old Gandhian however need not have to drop his protest while withdrawing  his fast for a strong Lokpal bill.

"I appeal to Annaji to discontinue his fast. We are honestly concerned over his health," the former Supreme Court judge told media persons.

"If something happens to him the entire movement would go the wrong way," he said shortly after a concerned Prime Minister Manmohan Singh directly reached out to Hazare appealing to him to end his fast with a promise that his version of Lokpal Bill could be referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee if rules permit.

Hegde said it was Hazare's health condition that led him to appeal to the Gandhian to end his fast and not the prime minister's letter to the anti-corruption crusader.

Hegde, who is closely involved in the anto-corruption campaign, however said the prime minister has made the right move on the Jan Lokpal bill and that it could have been done earlier. He wondered why it took the Government so long to take this approach.

To a question on whether Team Anna had become rigid, Hegde said "I think the government has created this situation. We have tried to talk several times with the government."
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