After their unceremonious exit from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) over a year ago, Arvind Kejriwal’s former compatriots in the anti-corruption campaign, Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan are all set to launch their own party.
Swaraj Abhiyan, a social movement launched by Yadav and Bhushan after they split ways with the AAP, will be transformed into a political party, and the process will be completed by October 2.
A decision to this effect was taken at the first ever national convention of the organisation in Delhi on July 30 and 31, which was attended by its elected office-bearers from all over the country. A resolution to turn Swaraj Abhiyan into a political party was put to vote at the meeting, and it got 92.5 per cent votes.
A six-member committee has been formed to go through the process of forming a party, and it is headed by Ajit Jha, who was also with the AAP earlier. Other members of the committee are Yadav, Anupam, Subhash Lomte, Somnath Tripathi and Rajiv Godara.
The convention also saw Professor Anand Kumar being elected the new national president of Swaraj Abhiyan. "Swaraj Abhiyan has resolved to form a party by October 2. The aim of forming a political party for us is to galvanise the forces of truth and honesty. By doing this, we will present a political alternative that is honest," Yadav said.
The three ideals on which Swaraj Abhiyan was set are: building an organisation in a democratic manner, campaigning for important issues agitating the country and ensuring transparency and accountability, said Anupam, spokesperson for Swaraj Abhiyan. Organisational elections have been completed in more than 100 districts in at least six states, he added.
The organisation has kept itself under Right to Information and has appointed an information officer as per the norms laid down by the Central Information Commission for political parties to be covered by RTI.
According to sources, Swaraj Abhiyan is considering contesting assembly elections due next year, especially Punjab, where the AAP is making an aggressive pitch to win the state polls.