After abruptly ending the three-day fast in Mumbai within two days owing to failing health, anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare might not even be able to undertake his tour of the five election-bound States within the next one month, as his doctor has advised him against it.
K.H, Sancheti, who is attending on Mr. Hazare, said that given his age, Mr. Hazare should take at least a month's rest. “He is strictly being advised not to undertake any kind of travel for the next one month. No andolans and no physical or mental stress,” he told The Hindu on Sunday evening. “He should allow himself to recoup; he should recognise the aging process and accept it, giving due respect to nature.”
Dr. Sancheti had said on Saturday that Mr. Hazare was advised not to go on fast anymore as his “age and resistance levels do not permit it.”
Mr. Hazare was scheduled to tour the poll-bound States of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Manipur and Goa after the future course of action was decided at Team Anna's Core Committee meeting planned for January 2 and 3 at Ralegan Siddhi. The meeting has also been cancelled. His health and inability to undertake what he has called the “fight against the Congress” will be a cause of concern for Team Anna.
Mr. Hazare was admitted to Sancheti Hospital here late on Saturday evening on Dr. Sancheti's suggestion. After being under observation all the day, he had shown “improvement,” Dr. Sancheti said. Though he ruled out pneumonia which was a cause for concern, Dr. Sancheti said he suffered from bronchitis.
Speaking to reporters for the first time after returning from Mumbai, Mr. Hazare said he was getting better. “I am not so unwell as is being made out. I am much better now,” he said from his hospital bed on Sunday evening.