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Indian PM calls for an end to anti-corruption fast

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Indian PM calls for an end to anti-corruption fast


The Indian prime minister has called on an anti-corruption activist to end his hunger-strike after millions of people united behind his campaign.

Anna Hazare, 74, has not eaten for ten days in his protest against a flurry of corruption scandals that have engulfed the government led by the Congress Party.

His direct peaceful action has caught the imagination of India’s huge middle-class and the admiration of at least one Bollywood film star.

Om Puri said: ‘Anna Hazare reminds us of Mahatma Gandhi. He is like a reincarnation of Mahatma Gandhi. We can call him a Mahatma Gandhi of the 21st century.’

The prime minister said that parliament should debate Hazare’s proposals and also wants him to start eating again.

Manmohan Singh said: ‘I respect his idealism and therefore I would urge Anna Hazare to end this fast.’

Hazare has lost 7 kilos since beginning his hunger strike. He said if all parties agree to his demands, he will consider ending the fast but not the protest.

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