NEW DELHI Aug 27 India's parliament expressed
support on Saturday for tougher anti-corruption legislation, the
finance minister said, meeting key demands set by a self-styled
Gandhian social activist to end his 12-day hunger strike against
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee told both chambers of
parliament that there was support for putting forward tougher
anti-corruption legislation. There was no vote however, which
had been expected. Social activist Anna Hazare, 74, is expected
to end his fast on Sunday.
Hazare's anti-corruption protest has rallied much of the
population and tapped a groundswell of public anger against
endemic corruption, uniting the country's bulging middle-class
against the hapless government and underlying voter anger at
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
(Writing by Henry Foy; Editing by Paul de Bendern)