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Former AAP leader Anjali Damania ends hunger strike

Mumbai: Former AAP leader and social activist Anjali Damania, who was on a hunger strike demanding a probe into corruption charges against former Maharashtra Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse, ended her fast this evening.

She broke her hunger strike after getting a written assurance from Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

Roshni Raut, a close associate of Damania, told PTI, “Damania ended her strike after she received a message from Chief Minister on her mobile informing her that a proper inquiry has been constituted.”

“The former AAP leader was also informed that a committee would be formed very soon to speed up (the probe) and ensure the time-bound investigation, following which she (Damania) decided to end her fast,” Raut said.

Damania had on June 2 sat on a hunger strike at Azad Maidan here demanding Khadse’s ouster from the Maharashtra Cabinet in the wake of charges of impropriety over purchase of a land belonging to the government-owned Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) in Pune against him.

She had also demanded a time-bound inquiry into the matter led by a retired High Court judge.

Earlier in the day, facing a string of allegations including irregularities in a land deal, Khadse had resigned and become the first casualty in BJP since the Narendra Modi-Amit Shah combine took over pledging zero tolerance towards corruption.

Fadnavis had announced an inquiry by a retired high court judge into the allegations against Khadse, as sought by the senior leader himself.