Veteran social activist Anna Hazare, who is currently ailing from viral fever, has reiterated his decision to hold his upcoming protest despite his ill health.
Addressing his supporters here, Hazare said: "After Mumbai, I will hold a dharna outside Congress President Sonia Gandhi and general secretary Rahul Gandhi''s house in New Delhi. I am ready to face lathis during this agitation. There are some people waiting to see that his agitation takes a violent turn and hence you should see to it that the agitation happens peacefully."
He also gave details of his journey. "On Monday afternoon we would depart from here by 3 p.m.. By 4 p.m. we shall reach Anandi and then reach Mumbai," he said.
Meanwhile, his doctor D.Pote said that though he (Hazare) is weak due to viral fever he might soon be in the condition to observe hunger strike. "Today (Sunday) he had fever, and has been eating less. He is on medicines and should be fine over the next few days," said Hazare''s doctor, D.Pote.
He also said that the present vital statistics of Hazare were not a cause of worry but he needed rest. Until last reports Hazare''s had fever measuring 101 degrees but looked upright while interacting with his supporters. Hazare, who stoked public anger at India''s scandal-prone leaders this year, would launch a three-day fast and mass demonstration in Mumbai on Tuesday to protest at what he sees as watering down of the Lokpal bill.
The government introduced the new version of the Lokpal bill in Lok Sabha on Thursday after a lengthy debate during which almost all parties opposed the introduction of the bill in its current form. The Union Cabinet had earlier on Tuesday approved the Bill for creation of the Lokpal with Constitutional status.
The fresh Bill allows the Lokpal to oversee investigation of cases referred by it by the CBI. But, the Bill clearly mentions that CBI will continue to be under the government''s administrative control.