Digvijaya Singh challenges Kejriwal

Last Updated: Sun, Nov 25, 2012 11:43 hrs

Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh on Sunday said his party will take Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) seriously after the social activist turned politician gets elected as a MLA or even a 'municipal corporator'.

"Let Mr Arvind Kejriwal first get elected as a MLA or an MP or as a municipal corporator first," Singh told reporters.

Kejriwal on Saturday officially announced the name of his political party as Aam Aadmi Party, and said it will challenge existing political outfits.

He said 300 members attended meeting of his political group.

Kejriwal said: "The party´s national council has been formed today."

"Aam Aadmi Party´ will fight elections..It is going to challenge existing parties," Kejriwal said.

Raising the pitch of their fight against the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government over their core issue of graft, the name is seen as a dig at the popular "aam aadmi" (common man) motif of the ruling party, reports said.

The name was finalised at a meeting led by Kejriwal and his activist colleague Prashant Bhushan, a Supreme Court lawyer, at a meeting in the Delhi

The meeting was the first of its national council and the members were expected to ratify the name and elect a 30-member national executive.

The party is expected to be officially launched at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Nov 26 however the formalities with the Election Commission could take four-five months before the party is registered, reports said.

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