Anti-corruption activist Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday made his political debut with a party, whose name is to be announced next month, and called for a ‘dharam yudh’ in the country as he unveiled his party’s vision document which he said represented the ‘aam admi’.
“This is not my party. This is your party not mine... it is a party of the people of this country. People are fed up of corruption,” Kejriwal said at the Constitution Club.
The official name of the party will be declared on Nov 26. “There is a dharam yudh in this country. Everyone has to take sides. Our country has become a nation of VIPs. Now there will be only one VIP in this country. The aam aadmi,” he said, donning a Gandhi cap with Mein hoon aam aadmi, mujhe chahiye Janlokpal (I am a common man, I want Jan Lokpal) printed on it.
The outlines of the vision document titled ‘Quest for Swaraj’ are similar to what his mentor Anna Hazare is also fighting for, though the two have chosen different paths.
The document lists setting up of a powerful Jan Lokpal or ombudsman, electoral reforms, decision making shifted to or proximate to the people, not allowing education for profit, government to take responsibility for universal healthcare, among other things.
He also said he would disclose corruption cases against some leading political figures. “On Oct 6, we will reveal corruption charges we have against two very important people in this country. We have a lot of evidence against them,” he said.
Will cut Sheila Dikshit’s power supply: Kejriwal
Announcing the launch of his political party, Arvind Kejriwal said he will disconnect the electricity supply of Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit as part of a protest against the recent hike in power tariff. “People should not pay electricity bills if government disconnects anyone’s electricity, we will reconnect it. I am ready to go to jail. We will not just gherao (lay siege to) chief minister’s (Sheila Dikshit) residence, but will disconnect her electricity,” Kejriwal said.