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Anna Hazare 'is the new Mahatma Gandhi'

India's government has agreed to hold a parliamentary debate on proposals for a strong anti-corruption law in an attempt to persuade the campaigner Anna Hazare to end his hunger strike.

The BBC's Mark Dummett says the number of supporters is expected to increase over the weekend, as many people believe he is "the new Mahatma Gandhi".

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