Kejriwal launches Aam Admi Party, vows to change 'corrupt' politics in country

Last Updated: Mon, Nov 26, 2012 19:03 hrs

New Delhi: Arvind Kejriwal on Monday launched his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and vowed to send "corrupt" ministers to jail within six months of his party being voted to power.

Addressing an impressive gathering at Parliament Street here, Kejriwal also asserted that Jan Lokpal will be passed in Parliament within 15 days of the AAP coming to power.

"There is no end to the list of corrupt ministers and leaders in the country. All these people should be charged and sent to jail if charges against them are proved.

"I assure you people that if the common man's party and common man come to power, all these people will be tried and jailed within six months," he said in his valedictory address at the launch ceremony.

Flanked by Shanti Bhushan and former Navy Chief Admiral Ramdass who drafted the party's Constitution, he took pains to explain to people assembled there how different his outfit was from the existing political parties whom he accused of having "looted the country since Independence."

Kejriwal also announced that former Chief Justice of Jharkhand High Court Justice Bhagwati Prasad Sharma and Admiral Ramdass will be members of the party's first "internal Lokpal" which would inquire into any allegations against members and functionaries of the AAP.

He said the 2014 elections would witness a unique political battle which would not be between two political parties, but between politicians and the common man.

"Now it will be neta (politician) versus aam admi (common man). The common man, suffering for the last 65 years, is going to establish his own party and sit in Parliament," he said.

Supporters hope party will usher in transparency

Welcoming the launch of Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the capital on Monday, his supporters hoped the party would bring about transparency in politics and serve as an alternative to India's leading national parties.

"We were looking for an option (to national parties) and we got it in the form of the AAP," said Chandan Raj, an under−graduate student at Delhi University.

"This party (AAP) will bring transparency in politics," said Chandan Raj, who was among hundreds of people gathered near Jantar Mantar on Parliament Street to attend the formal launch of the new party.

Gurpreet Singh Uppal, who was leading a group of India Against Corruption (IAC) members from Assam, said: "They (AAP) will clear the dirty politics of India... We will now vote for the AAP in Assam."

"People will now get an option to vote for candidates with clean image," said Krishna Sharma, a member of the group.

"Politics won't change without Kejriwal coming into power," said Manoj Kumar, an autorickshaw driver.

"We are not getting a fixed price on sugarcane. We hope that Arvind Kejriwal will be able to bring that change," said 28−year−old Praveen Chauhan, a farmer from Uttar Pradesh's Baghpat district.

"I believe this party will end corruption," said Ramanand Sharma from Bihar capital Patna. "I will take the AAP membership because 'aam log' (common people) are connected with the party."

"I was a hardcore supporter of the Congress but now I will vote for the AAP in the next election," said Arjit Singh, who runs a medical store in Bajpur town of Udham Singh Nagar in Uttarakhand.

Kejriwal should prove himself before criticising others: Kher

Film actor Anupam Kher has said that activist-turned-politician Arvind Kejriwal should first prove himself rather than criticising others.

The time is over for now for Kejriwal to oppose others, said Kher during a function at the Ujjain Press Club last evening.

Anupam Kher had participated in Anna Hazare's campaign against corruption earlier.

"Kejriwal should now perform and prove himself," Kher said adding, he himself had no plans to join politics.

Kejriwal had in the recent past alleged nexus between realty firm DLF and Robert Vadra, the son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

He had also demanded resignation and arrest of Union Minister Salman Khurshid over allegations of financial irregularities in the functioning of a trust run by Khurshid's wife.

Kejriwal had also made allegations of corruption against BJP president Nitin Gadkari.

Meanwhile, Kher said he did not agree with Baba Ramdev's view that 26/11 Mumbai terror attack convict Ajmal Kasab should have been hanged in public.

This is an issue pertaining to law and the authorities took a suitable step, he added.

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