People are fed up of netas: Arvind Kejriwal

Last Updated: Sat, Nov 24, 2012 10:13 hrs

New Delhi: People are tired of netas (leaders), corruption and unquestionable authorities of power, social-activist Arvind Kejriwal said as he convened the meeting of his political group, that was named Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Saturday.

Promising swaraj (self-rule) and poorn azadi (complete independence), Kejriwal said that the party will strive to stand apart from other political outfits that do not question themselves and are often ruled by top leaders with iron fists.

"Today the common men, women, children are forming their party. Around 300-350 people are coming together today to form the party. They are not netas. They are fed up of netas," Kejriwal said ahead of the meeting in New Delhi.

"They are the people who are fed up of corruption and price rise. This is why the common man has decided to challenge them. Now the common man will sit in Parliament. National Executive will be formed. It will decide the name of the party," he told reporters.

"To run the party, there will be a National Working Committee. Around 25-30 issues will be discussed... which all issues need to be taken first by the party. Committees will be formed. They will make drafts in four-five months. There will discussions through the country," Kejriwal said.

"The consensus formed then will be the stand of the party. Today what happens is four people in a room decide a party's ideology. We won't do that. Our party's ideology is Swaraj. Women and youth will be given important role in the party," he added.

Kejriwal's party was named the Aam Aadmi Party, which along with its constitution will be launched later on Saturday, media reports 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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