Anna Hazare’s anti-corruption campaign, who were demanding a strong Jan Lokpal, was received support from almost the entire India.
Anna Hazare who was arrested in the morning of 16-8-2011 refused to leave Tihar jail on 16-8-2011 mid night after the police withdrew the case against him and his seven arrested associates and a magistrate issued a release warrant for all eight.
Hazare had the police and jail authorities scratching their heads by saying he would not leave the jail until the police gave him an undertaking allowing him to hold his indefinite fast at JP Park without conditions.
Senior police officers rushed to Tihar latter to try and persuade Hazare to leave the jail, while a crowd of amused residents from nearby areas, including women and children, turned out before the gates to witness the fun.
Hazare said he would go to JP Park straight from the jail after getting an undertaking from us. Around midnight, Hazare was resting on a sofa in the office of director-general (prisons) Neeraj Kumar while jail and police officers sat in chairs around him, trying to talk him round. Hazare has refused dinner saying he is on fast.
“Both Hazare and (Arvind) Kejriwal have refused to do so. We cannot force them to sign as it will create more trouble for the government,” the jail official said.
Only one of the jailed Team Hazare members, Manish Sisodia, signed on the release order and came out. He then sat on a dharna outside the prison with hundreds of supporters who shouted anti-government slogans.
“I have come out to convey his message to the people. Hazare will leave the jail only after getting written permission to hold the protest at JP Park. Else, he will continue to be there,” Sisodia said.
In Tamil Nadu, we do not know, whether UPA alliance partner and DMK president Karunanidhi will support Hazare’s indefinite fast protest against corruption in India? See the “You Yube” Video speeches in Tamil.