Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh yesterday indicated that the government could force-feed members of Team Anna if they continue their indefinite fast in support of their demand for a strong anti-graft Jan Lokpal Bill. “The government cannot allow people to die. Therefore, the government has to look into it,” Digvijay Singh told a TV channel.
Pushing for a dialogue, he, however, said talks could not be held at “gun point” and called upon Anna Hazare and his associates to give up their fast. “My own experience as chief minister is that all issues can be sorted through dialogue,” he said. He said Hazare and his associates giving up their fast will facilitate the process of dialogue.
Fasting Team Anna member Arvind Kejriwal, a diabetic, whose health condition has caused concern, said he was feeling weak but would not go to a government hospital where he feared he would surely die.
While Hazare’s fast against corruption entered the fourth day, Team Anna members, including Kejriwal, have been off food since a week in support of their cause.
Listen to doctors, cops tell Team Anna
Delhi Police yesterday sent a letter to fasting Team Anna members, saying they should heed the advice given by doctors and agree to be hospitalised if necessary, an official said. Police had to send the letter given the deteriorating condition of the fasting Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia and Gopal Rai, who have been on a hunger strike since July 25. Delhi Police spokesperson Rajan Bhagat said that Team Anna had given a commitment to the police before starting their fast that they would follow the doctor’s medical advice and go to hospital if necessary.