Several India Against Corruption members, including Arvind Kejriwal, to formally launch their political party on Monday
Formally joining the political system, a team of social activists led by Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday 24 November announced the formation of Aam Aadmi Party (Common Man’s Party) at the Constitution Club of India in New Delhi. “After all the agitations last year, we realised that unless the politics would change, we won’t get Jan Lokpal. Thus we decided to challenge the political system,” said Kejriwal explaining the reasons behind the formation of the party. He said the aim of his party would be to bring Jan Lokpal Bill and to establish self-rule of people in the country so as not to have them “beg before their representatives after electing them.”
Detailing out the structure of the party, Kejriwal unveiled a 320-member national council and a 23-member core decision making national executive for the party, which would be expanded at a later stage. “One member from each district would later be added to the national council after the district committees are formed,” said Kejriwal. The national executive, which includes all the prominent team Kejriwal members, will meet on Sunday evening to decide the names of the office bearers which will include a convener, secretary and treasurer.
The national council in its first meeting held on Saturday adopted a vision document which talks about decentralisation of power and reforming the judicial system to ensure delivery of justice as a right. A constitution for the party has also been adopted which has fixed Rs 10 as the basic membership fee to join the party and be its member for three years. Members would have voting rights only if they work for the party actively for four months.
It further says that nepotism and dynasty politics would not be allowed within the party and no two members from the same family can hold a position in party’s council or contest elections under the party’s banner. Reservation for women and youths at every level has also been envisaged with a provision which says that at least one of the top two positions at each organisational level would be held by a woman.
The party’s constitution also talks about right to recall or removing a member from his/her position in case the council wishes to do so. Lokpal and Lokayuktas would also be there to resolve complaints against party members at all levels. The party says that it would be transparent in all its financial dealings and would make the details of all the donations public by publishing it on their website.
Detailing out the party’s long term plan, political scientist and member of the executive council Yogendra Yadav said, “The party will make committees on various subjects such as agriculture, health, police reforms, etc, which would hold extensive nationwide consultations to decide party’s stand on the issues related to them.” Members of the party also made it clear that their first aim is to contest Delhi elections and they would decide on fielding candidates for 2014 Parliamentary elections only after that.
Prakhar Jain is a Correspondent with Tehelka.