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With Swaraj in mind, Kejriwal launches Aam Aadmi Party

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Arvind Kejriwal
Arvind Kejriwal

Anti-corruption activist Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday formally plunged into the political arena announcing launch of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

The AAP has a 23-member national executive that includes social scientist Yogendra Yadav, senior lawyer Prashant Bhushan, and activists Mayank Gandhi.

The Delhi elections next year will be No 1 priority, though eventually “we will try and field all 534 candidates in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections”, said Kejriwal at a press conference to announce the party’s launch.

“It was out of compulsion that we had to jump into politics. Our aim is to challenge the existing political system,” said Kejriwal, who parted ways from veteran social activist Anna Hazare with whom he launched an anti-graft movement. Hazare has set up a different team and recently opened an office in Delhi.

Kejriwal said his party will follow the principles of ‘Swaraj’ (self rule) and establish a ‘direct democracy’ after attaining ‘radical political decentralisation’.

The party has a 32-member National Council, which will add more representatives later, especially women, youth, and those belonging to backward classes and minorities, he said. The party will also have a ‘right to recall’ national and district executive members.

Yogendra Yadav said broadly 25 subjects had been identified such as agriculture, urbanisation and land. “Expert committees will be set up on these subjects, which will prepare reports that will be publicly debated.”

Playing down the AAP’s launch, Congress Minister Manish Tewari said there were 1,453 registered parties and one more would strengthen the democratic fabric.

aditi.n@thehindu.co.in

(This article was published on November 24, 2012)
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Comments:

One more step close to direct democracy.
Let it be tested in the party itself first, before implementing it at national level. Corruption is symptom of the malaise of the system, let the system itself change. However direct demacracy needs a philosopher/ideologist, gaurdian/moderator at national level to gaurd against crowd psychology/mass hysteria.
I am all for it, hopes to participate.

from:  Pradeep Kumar MS
Posted on: Nov 25, 2012 at 12:31 IST

AAP hi koun?
As expected, the immediate response from the fire-fighting team of Congress to the Kejriwal announcement betrayed bewilderment. First, AAP will add just one number to the 1500 odd political parties registered with the Election Commission. Second, ‘aam aadmi’ which is a property that belongs to Congress is being hijacked by Kejriwal. This ‘AAP hi koun?’ approach is amusing. Best way to fight AAP for other political parties would be to implement the principles that will be followed by AAP as announced by Kejriwal. These include, reduced representation to family members in ministries and decision making bodies, maintaining transparency in accounting funds and democratic functioning.

from:  M G WARRIER
Posted on: Nov 25, 2012 at 15:13 IST
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