New Delhi: Scores of people came out on the roads in the national capital to express their elation over the victory of activist Anna Hazare, whose three key demands on the Lokpal bill were accepted by the Parliament on Saturday. Anna Hazare's village erupts in joy Maharashtra celebrates Anna’s victory (Agencies)
Sporting Anna caps, waving the tricolour and shouting slogans, people were seen heading towards India Gate.
Some people were found to be dancing to the tunes of patriotic songs on roads, while some took out car rallies and processions.
Many people boarded the metro to reach Ramlila Maidan where Hazare will break his fast 10 a.m. on Sunday. At the venue, people were applauding and singing patriotic songs.
As reports that the most famous resident of their village had announced breaking his fast tomorrow reached Ralegan Siddhi, people in Anna Hazare's village erupted in joy.
"We are celebrating Anna's victory. We knew he would achieve the goal he set out to achieve," Datta Awari, a close aide of Hazare said.
"Throughout the day, there was an atmosphere of anxiety and people were glued to TV sets.
The pandal erected by the villagers gave in due to heavy rainfall, Awari said, adding that it rained whole day in the area.
Kantabai, Hazare's sister-in-law, said it was upto the social activist to take a call on ending his fast. "He has always been adamant and no one else can make him change his mind," she said.
Thousands of people in Maharashtra, including here and Anna Hazare's home village Ralegan-Siddhi, broke out in celebrations on Saturday after the activist said he will call off his fast as the government had agreed to his three key demands. Villagers ran out of their homes as soon as the news broke out.
“Anna is a national hero, he has achieved what many felt was impossible by a hunger strike and a peaceful agitation,” an admiring villager said in front of television cameras.
Many people, including women and youths, danced in groups, while the men folk cheered and raised slogans in favour of Hazare.
Similar celebrations were seen in Pune, Nagpur, Kolhapur, Thane and other parts of the state.
Braving heavy rains, Mumbaikars managed to gather in small groups in temples or public places and flashed the victory sign as Hazare compelled the government to take the first concrete steps for a strong Lokpal bill.
“Anna has achieved what the people of the country wanted and he continues to remain safe and healthy,” Andheri businessman Rajeev Jain told.
Pooja Pujari, an executive with the five-star Hotel Trident Oberoi, said she was 'thrilled by the victory of the people'.
“Many of us had taken out a candle light march supporting Anna's cause last week. We are happy our individual efforts have succeeded in achieving Anna's objectives for a strong Lokpal bill,” Pooja told.
Praful Vora, the Mumbai coordinator of India Against Corruption, said: “Real parliament is the people, says Annaji. People are supreme and parliament is only an institution to serve them. This has been established again today.”
Kiran Gavande, the secretary of Nutan Dabbawala Trust said that he is glad their efforts bore fruit. 'We are glad that we supported Annaji by taking a break from providing tiffins for a day, a first in the last 120 years,' he said.
“But we are now planning to celebrate by serving our customers with free sweets on Monday,” he added.
New Delhi: Scores of people came out on the roads in the national capital to express their elation over the victory of activist Anna Hazare, whose three key demands on the Lokpal bill were accepted by the Parliament on Saturday.
Anna Hazare's village erupts in joy
Maharashtra celebrates Anna’s victory