He thanked Rahul for showing ‘commitment’ which ensured the passage of the bill, but demanded the recommendations of the Select Committee be included in the proposed legislation. Rajya Sabha passes Lokpal Bill (JPN/Agencies)
The anti-graft crusader had earlier on December 15 written a letter to the Congress vice-president and BJP’s Arun Jaitley on the urgency for clearing the Lokpal Bill.
"The country awaits a strong Lokpal. I welcome your commitment to get the bill passed in the Parliament. Please ensure the points approved by the select committee are also incorporated in the bill,” he said in his letter.
The contents of the letter were released to the media on Tuesday amidst celebrations as the Rajya Sabha passed the much-debated bill.
Earlier on Tuesday, his aide Suresh Pathare said Hazare felt "extremely weak" on the eighth day of his indefinite fast as the Gandhian has lost 4.7 kg with the creatinine level crossing the normal values and measured at four-plus and the blood pressure at 142/82.
Reiterating his earlier stand, Hazare yesterday said he would call off his indefinite hunger strike once the Lok Sabha passes the anti-corruption legislation and expressed confidence that all parties, including the Samajwadi Party, would support it.
Meanwhile, thousands of people continued to arrive from Maharashtra, Karnataka and other parts of the country at Hazare’s native village to express solidarity with him.
He thanked Rahul for showing ‘commitment’ which ensured the passage of the bill, but demanded the recommendations of the Select Committee be included in the proposed legislation.
Rajya Sabha passes Lokpal Bill