It's a reality now! Almost half a century (46 years, precisely) after it had been presented first in Parliament, the historic Lokpal Bill has been passed by the Parliament. The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill, 2011 was ratified by Parliament in the face of minor opposition by the Samajwadi Party. The Bill now goes to President Pranab Mukherjee for his assent, after which it will become a law.
The Congress and the BJP were on the same page and ensured its passage without any hitch despite opposition from the Samajwadi Party. Meanwhile, Anna Hazare, who had been fasting in Ralegan Siddhi for the last 9 days for the Bill, broke his fast after the Lok Sabha passed it.
The demand for a strong Lokpal Bill had started two years ago when Anna Hazare, along with Kiran Bedi, Arvind Kejriwal, Prashant Bhushan and Shanti Bhushan drafted a strong anti-corruption Bill and launched a nation wide protest. The campaign got huge public support and protests where held in different parts of the country, which forced the Parliament to take up the draft on an urgent basis.