Anna arrives in Mumbai ahead of 3-day fast

Mumbai: Anna Hazare arrived here tonight from his native village in Ahmednagar district for his three-day fast beginning here tomorrow against the government`s "weak" Lokpal Bill. The Gandhian checked in at the state government guest house in suburban Bandra at 8.45 PM. He would stay there overnight before arriving at the fast venue.

Earlier, hundreds of villagers gathered to see him off at Ralegan Siddhi as he left by road for Alandi, where he paid tributes at Sant Dnyaneshwar Samadhi before reaching Mumbai. To a query on his health, a Hazare said, "I`m fine". He refused to take further questions from the media saying, "I`ll be talking to you for the next three days." Incidentally, the guest house is near the residence of Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray, whose party has been opposing Hazare on the Lokpal Bill.

Hazare will go to the Juhu beach where there is a statue of Mahatma Gandhi and take his blessings tommorow. He will be later escorted to the fast venue — the MMRDA ground at suburban Bandra-Kurla Complex — by a motorbike rally. The anti-graft crusader will begin his fast from 11 AM. Key members of his team, Arvind Kejriwal and Kiran Bedi, are scheduled to fast with Hazare in Mumbai, while some others will undertake the fast in Delhi.