Anna suffering from infection, to go ahead with fast

Ralegan Siddi: Suffering from a viral infection, Anna Hazare is determined about going ahead with his three-day fast from tomorrow in Mumbai against a "weak" Lokpal Bill. 74-year-old Hazare will leave here for Mumbai this afternoon by road and reach the Maharashtra capital late evening, his aides said here.

"Anna`s fever has subsided and he will leave Ralegan Siddhi for Mumbai by road this afternoon as per schedule. There is no change in his programme," Suresh Pathare, Hazare`s secretary, said.

Hazare 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 tomorrow. 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 tomorrow, taking medicines will be a problem, but I will be with him constantly. If needed, we will try to give him chewable medicines."