Social activist Anna Hazare, who spearheaded an unparalleled peopleâ€™s movement against corruption, ended his 97-hour fast here Saturday following assurances from the government that it would introduce a more stringent anti-graft law in the monsoon session of parliament. As tumultuous crowds gathered at Jantar Mantar, ground zero of the pan-India crusade, and millions others watched on television, the 72-year-old took a few sips of juice offered to him by a little girl. Loud cheers erupted and the strains of Mahatma Gandhiâ€™s favourite hymn â€œRaghupati Raghava Rajaâ€ filled the air. Mr. Hazare, who began his fast on Tuesday morning, congratulated the people for the success of the movement that saw Prime Minister Manmohan Singh issue a statement promising that the Lokpal (ombudsman) bill, with more teeth to effectively counter corruption in public life, would be introduced this July. Terming the movement a second freedom struggle, he said the system had to be changed. â€œWe have got a lot of strength from the people,â€ Mr. Hazare said, adding that there would be further revolutions on other issues confronting India. â€œWe have to keep our unity intact,â€ he said. The prime minister said in a statement: â€œThe fact that civil society and government have joined hands to evolve a consensus to move this historic legislation augurs well for our democracy. I am pleased that Anna Hazareji has agreed to give up his fast.â€ â€œThis is a scourge that confronts all of us. The government intends to introduce the Lokpal Bill in parliament during the monsoon session.â€ The prime minister said the interaction between the government and representatives of social activist Anna Hazare was productive. â€œI hope that the process of preparing this legislation will move forward in a constructive mode so that after consultation with a wide spectrum of stake holders, the legislation is placed before the cabinet for introduction during the monsoon session,â€ he added. Describing it as a victory of the people, activist Swami Agnivesh waved copies of the gazette notification and said: â€œI am thankful to the UPA (United Progressive Alliance) government that they respected the sentiments of the common people. And they came out with a respectable solution. The first signs of breakthrough came Friday evening when Swami Agnivesh, Arvind Kejriwal and Kiran Bedi, the high profile anti-corruption activists who had backed Anna Hazare, emerged from Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Kapil Sibalâ€™s residence after another round of talks. Mr. Hazare announced Friday night that he would be calling off his fast Saturday.