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Arvind Kejriwal's party named 'Aam Admi Party'

November 24, 2012 15:10 IST

Arvind Kejriwal's party was on Saturday named 'Aam Admi Party' at a meeting of its founder members in Delhi, during which the Constitution for the organisation was also adopted.

The meeting of nearly 300 founder members was held at Constitution Club in Delhi, during which Kejriwal proposed the name of the party, which was accepted by other members, sources said.

The Constitution of the party was also adopted at the meeting. It was proposed by Mayank Gandhi and seconded by Chandramohan, they said.

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.

Hazare and Kejriwal ended the agitation in August, saying they will work towards providing a political alternative for the country to fight both the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Hazare and Kejriwal announced that they were parting 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 2, Kejriwal announced the formation of the party, saying its official launch will be on November 26, the day Constitution was adopted in 1949.

Ahead of the meeting, Kejriwal said on Saturday that common men, women, children are forming their party.

"They are not politicians. They are fed up of politicians. 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. The party's vision is Swaraj. That vision will be finalised. Some issues will be discussed. Committees will be formed. They will make drafts in four-five months. There will discussions through the country," he said.

Activist Yogendra Yadav said that the party will have provisions against domination by one family.

The meeting also saw some disagreement among a section of workers who were not allowed to attend it. A group from Tamil Nadu was seen arguing with a party coordinator on why they were not accommodated.

A member of the Tamil Nadu group said they were not against the party but their problem was with the way in which delegates from the state were selected. "There is an issue. We have objection to the manner in which people were selected for the meeting," the member said.

A group from West Delhi's Tilak Nagar also voiced their disapproval about the way in which delegates were selected.

"They talk about change and transparency. But where is transparency? When we enquired about the meeting, we were told by the West Delhi coordinator that there is no such meeting. How did they select delegates for the meeting? They selected their cronies," said supporters Mohan Aggarwal and Sudhir Singh.

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