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New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), India’s newest political party, was yesterdayformally launched by activist Arvind Kejriwal in the presence of thousands of supporters.
“This party is result of our struggle against corruption,” said Kejriwal, who had announced the name of his party on Saturday.
Kejriwal also formally released the party’s constitution, a key feature of which disallows the relative of a party member in the state executive or national executive councils, from getting a place there. Kejriwal’s colleague Manish Sisodia declared the name of the party to the gathering at central Delhi’s Parliament Street near Jantar Mantar and said: “It is our party.”
Sisodia also announced the names of the other 23 members of the national executive body. These include Sisodia himself as well as Prashant Bhushan, Dinesh Waghela, Sanjay Singh, Gopa Rai and Kumar Vishwas. “Kejriwal takes the position as the national convenor. Pankaj Gupta would be the national secretary, Krishna Kanth would be national treasurer of AAP,” Waghela said. The names were decided on Sunday in the national executive meet, a party member said. Kumar Vishwas announced the name of official website: aamaadmiparty.org, and social networking accounts on Facebook (aamaadmiparty) and Twitter @aamaadmiparty to share the information about the party and its functions.
“The other political parties are thinking about our survival, but we are getting a huge response from across the nation,” he announced. “As many as 200 offices have been opened for functioning of the party, just today (Monday) and about money, its a Aam Aadmi party... they (the aam aadmi) will run it,” Vishwas said.