Last week, Panini Anand reported in Outlook
And what of the name of the new party, to be launched on November 26,
the day the Constituent Assembly approved the draft Constitution? What
better than calling it the Aam Aadmi Party, since he is what the party
stands for. “The idea, say IAC sources, “is to tell people that this is
their own party, not the legacy of any family or ideology”. It’s so far
the most popular choice among the thousand-odd suggestions, though this
too isn’t final.
And expectedly, Arvind Kejriwal's party was today formally named 'Aam Admi Party' at a meeting of its founder members here during which the Constitution for the organisation was also adopted.
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
"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
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.
Kejriwal said the Vision Document speaks of bringing self-rule in the country
and demands that the preamble be implemented in letter and spirit.
"The Panchayats have become corrupt. We are not talking about it. We want the
gram sabhas, the mohalla sabhas in the cities to be actively involved in law
making except for major issues like that on foreign policy and external
security," he said.
There should be referendum, he said, and discounted objections about its
effectiveness in the country.
"We also want to bring in a legal system where people get justice without having
to spend money. Getting justice has become costly because lawyers charge heavily
from people for fighting their case. Common man should have easy access to
higher judiciary," he said.
After forming a National Council of 320 members which will be expanded by
bringing one member from every district committee, Kejriwal said, 23 members
were elected to the National Executive.
He said the strength of the Executive committee will be 30 and the remaining
seats will be filled soon.
"We have to see that there is proper representation for all sections in the
committee. If backward people, minorities etc does not have proper
representation, then we can have five more members," he said.
He said the party will have two kinds of members -- ordinary and active members.
Anyone can enroll himself as an ordinary member by paying Rs 10 as fee for three
years and an ordinary member who works for the nation and party tirelessly for
four months then he will be made active member.
"The decision on making one an active member will be taken by the committees.
For the first time in the history of Indian politics, it has been decided that
if one becomes a member of the State Executive or National Executive Councils,
his or her relatives will not find place in any councils.
PTI story, with inputs from Outlook