Indian activist gives up hunger strike

Dec. 28, 2011 at 7:36 PM
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MUMBAI, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- An Indian anti-corruption activist said he abandoned a three-day fast Wednesday a day early on the advice of his doctor.

Anna Hazare promised supporters of his campaign he would begin another fast soon, The New York Times reported. He also said the group India Against Corruption will work to defeat the governing coalition led by the Congress Party in provincial elections.

Hazare began his fast Tuesday in Mumbai after the lower house of Parliament passed an anti-corruption bill he says does not go far enough. He was warned his kidneys might fail if he kept it up.

Speaking from a platform Wednesday, Harare addressed a few thousand people.

"We know that they have lot of money but we also know that they cannot buy every voter," he said. "We will tell the voters not to vote for traitors."

Hazare, who has conducted several fasts this year, models his campaign on that of Mohandas K. Gandhi, who led a non-violent struggle against British rule.

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