Will not move till Lokpal bill is passed: Hazare (Lead)

August 19th, 2011 - 6:00 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Aug 19 (IANS) Addressing thousands of supporters, social activist Anna Hazare declared Friday that he would not leave the Ramlila ground till the demand for a stronger Lokpal bill was met.

“We will not leave this place till the (stronger) Lokpal bill is passed,” Hazare told crowds soon after reaching the Ramlila ground in central Delhi where he is to continue his fast.

Calling upon the youths to be the flag bearers of change, Hazare said they should carry forward the torch of revolution even if he were not there.

“The power of youth is the power of the nation, whether or not Anna Hazare is there. This torch of revolution should always remain lit,” he said.

Hazare also said that he has lost three kilograms of weight since he started his fast three days ago.

“I have lost three kilograms in three days, but I am getting energy from this movement,” he said.

He compared the present government with the British rulers and said “the British have gone but the country is not free, this is the second struggle for independence”.

“The power of youth is the power of a nation, every country in the world has been created by the youth,” he said.

The activist reached the Ramlila ground around 2 p.m., after visiting Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial at Rajghat and India Gate.

Hazare started his fast Tuesday when he was arrested and sent to the Tihar Jail. He was later released but refused to move out of the jail, insisting that he would not leave till he was allowed to fast without any preconditions.

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