Mumbai: Suffering from a viral infection, Anna Hazare is determined about going ahead with
his three-day fast from Tuesday in Mumbai against a "weak" Lokpal Bill.

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Ahead of his arrival here, the Maharashtra government has fortified the fast venue by deploying 2000 police constables and 200 sub-inspectors of police.
    
Hazare would be leaving Ralegan Siddhi in the afternoon and is likely to reach here by late evening. He has been suffering from cold and mild fever for the last two days, his doctor said, adding that there was no cause for worry.

"He is a little weak as of now, but will be fit to fast from Tuesday. His blood pressure and other vital parameters are normal. He has got a little cough and cold but he is getting better," his doctor D G Pote told reporters.

The Gandhian has been under medication for the past 3 days, he said.

Pathare said there is a good improvement in Hazare's condition and he is determined to go ahead with the planned agitation in Mumbai and Delhi.

The anti-graft activist is expected to make a brief halt at Alandi in Pune district to have 'darshan' of saint Dnyneshwar's samadhi before proceeding to Mumbai.

Pote said: "From Tuesday, taking medicines will be a problem, but I will be with him constantly. If needed, we will try to give him chewable medicines." 

The security at the ground of Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority in suburban Bandra-Kurla Complex will comprise 2,000 constables, 200 sub-inspectors of police, six platoons of state reserve police force, three teams of Quick Response Team and two Bomb Detection and Disposal Squads.
    
The ground will have six emergency exits, 16 fire extinguishers and six metal detector units, besides round-the-clock ambulance services.
    
Hazare would be starting the fast at 11 AM on Tuesday.
   
Ahead of Parliament debate on Lokpal Bill, Team Anna had on Sunday shot off an open letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and MPs wanting enactment of "real and best possible" anti-corruption law which should also provide for an independent investigative wing for the ombudsman.

Meanwhile in Kanpur, Union Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal came out in support of his colleague Beni Prasad Verma for his comments against Anna Hazare, saying there was nothing unparliamentary in calling Hazare an "Army deserter".
   
Verma had attacked the Gandhian leader saying he was a "RSS agent" and an "Army deserter".

(Agencies)