Kejriwal launches 'Aam Admi' party

Last Updated: Sat, Nov 24, 2012 13:47 hrs

New Delhi: Over two months after his split with Anna Hazare to take a political plunge, Arvind Kejriwal today launched his party naming it 'Aam Admi with an aim to provide gram sabhas more say in law making and making higher judiciary accessible to common man.

The launch of the party came at a day-long meeting of around 320 people here during which the party's Constitution, which envisages establishment of 'Swaraj' in the country, was also adopted. The meeting was held at Constitution Club.

The new party will begin its electoral fight with Delhi where Assembly elections are due towards the end of next year.

"For the past one-and-a-half-years we have been knocking at the doors of various parties on Lokpal Bill. But every party betrayed us when it came to Lokpal Bill. So we decided during the fast in August that this movement will take a political plunge.

"As a result of this, the Aam Admi Party has been launched today. Aam admi (common man) will now contest elections, aam admi will vote and aam admi sit in Parliament. This party will change the way politics and political parties function in the country," Kejriwal told reporters.

Asked about Congress' reported objection to the use of 'Aam Admi', he said they hijacked the word earlier but they could not hijack the common man.

The formation of the party came after a bitter split with Anna Hazare over the question of the anti-corruption movement taking a political plunge as desired by Kejriwal.

Both Hazare and Kejriwal announced parting of ways on September 19 following differences over forming a party with the former sticking to his position that the movement should remain apolitical.

On October two, Kejriwal announced the formation of the party saying its official launch will be on November 26 to coincide with day the country's Constitution was adopted in 1949.

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