New Delhi: More than 83 hours after he launched his fast in the capital, Gandhian leader Anna Hazare on Friday night announced that he will end his four-day-old fast on Saturday at 10 am after receiving notification from Central government.

Terming it to be a victory for the people of India, the veteran social activist said that the government had conceded to most of the demands related to a Lokpal Bill to combat corruption in India.

Speaking to mediapersons and supporters, Hazare said, “From the way the government has accepted (our demands), the people of India have won.”

Kapil Sibal, Human Resources Development Minister said, “This is a happy day for us. It is a victory for democracy”.

Sibal said the accord that had been reached on forming a joint committee of ministers and civil society leaders to draft an anti-graft legislation that prompted Anna Hazare to end his fast.

“I thank the generosity of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi. I thank Anna Hazare too,' Sibal, who had represented the government in the talks with civil society leaders to persuade Anna to end the fast.
 
Asked whether the government had not deviated from precedent by agreeing to have non-governmental persons in the drafting of legislation, Sibal said, “The important thing is whether it is good for the country.”

(Agencies)