Anna Hazare on Thursday thanked the people for joining his agitation against corruption and asked the government to take immediate steps to enact a strong Lokpal Bill.
In a video shot inside his Tihar Jail cell, Hazare said: “I am at Tihar Jail but drawing all the energy from the agitation launched by the people, especially the youth, all over the country.
“I feel I can fast beyond the 15 days permitted by the government. I shall seek permission to fast for another week. With all your energy by my side, I don’t feel tired.
“I will meet you all tomorrow (August 19) at the Ramlila Maidan. I will talk to the people across the country. Don’t worry about my health, I am fine. I have been fasting for three days, but don’t feel it. I can still walk for 5 km.
“I think our agitation is close to achieving an effective Lokpal Bill.
“My hopes hinge on the country’s youth. I have always said that if the youth awaken, the society will see a glorious future. That dream seems to be coming true. I draw energy when I see the youth wave the Tricolour and chant ‘Vande Mataram’ and ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ on the streets.
“I want to tell the government that it shouldn’t take any longer (to form an effective Lokpal Bill). People were so tired of corruption that they were looking for an opportunity to hit the streets. This agitation is not about Anna Hazare.”