Real Diwali after Jan Lokpal is passed:Anna

Mumbai: Anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare on Tuesday led his village Ralegan Siddhi in lighting 10,000 diyas to herald the festival of lights but cautioned that the "real Diwali" would be when the Jan Lokpal bill is passed.

In a written message, the septuagenarian, who is on a `maun vrat` (vow of silence), thanked the people for their role in the battle for the Jan Lokpal bill. "Anna wrote that the real Diwali will be when the bill is passed," Hazare`s associate Datta Awari said. Anna Hazare thanked people for their part in the battle for the Jan Lokpal bill.

At a function in Ralegan, the Gandhian distributed clothes to poor people as is the tradition in the village.