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Kejriwal to announce party, says people will fund it

Agencies  New Delhi, October 02, 2012
First Published: 12:44 IST(2/10/2012) | Last Updated: 15:22 IST(2/10/2012)

People were fed up of corruption and were coming together to change the politics of the country, activist Arvind Kejriwal said on Tuesday shortly before launching his political party.



Donning a Gandhi cap with "Mein hoon aam admi, mujhe chahiye Janlokpal" (I am common man, I want Jan Lokpal) printed on it, Kejriwal said: "It is a big day for the common people. They are fed up of corrupt politicians and rising prices and are coming together to change the politics of the country."


Kejriwal, who split up with Anna Hazare recently, reiterated that there was no rift between them.


Discussing his political outfit, he said: "People will give us money - they will campaign, they will fight the elections."


He said the party would contest assembly elections in Delhi next year.

Key aide Manish Sisodia said that the name of the party would be announced on November 26, while the formation of the political outfit will be announced later in the day.

"The movement which fought for a Jan Lokpal will now contest elections," Sisodia said, adding that November 26 was decided as the date for naming the party as the Constituent Assembly had adopted the Constitution on that day in 1949.

Replying to a question on Hazare supporting the outfit, Kejriwal  said: "It is a test for us. If we put up good candidates, Anna will support."

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) welcomed the move, saying all Indians had the right to contest elections.

"There are so many political parties and it is good they are floating a party. All citizens have the right to form a party and contest elections," said BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain.

(With agency inputs)

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