India Against Corruption (IAC) will contest all parliamentary seats in the next general elections, its activist Manish Sisodia said here on Monday.
He said the only option left for the civil society was to take the reins of power in its own hands as all political parties had betrayed it.
"People have lost faith in governance but we want to restore their faith and rekindle their hope of a society, where there will be no misrule. We will field candidates as chosen by people from among themselves and they will be accountable for each of their actions," said Sisodia, a close associate of Arvind Kejriwal, while talking to mediapersons at the residence of IAC activist advocate Naveen Jairath. He said democracy did not only mean contesting elections, it also meant "minute-to-minute" participation of the common man in all matters concerning him.
Sisodia said not only the Congress and the BJP, but all regional political parties, including the SAD, were corrupt.
Asked why Team Anna did not campaign against it in the last assembly elections, he said at that time they had no alternative to offer to the people. "Now, we can provide them a substitute. We are mobilising people at the block level and after that we'd be reaching villages. We'd let people select honest and able candidates to take on candidates of the conventional parties," he added.
The IAC member announced that, on the pattern of Delhi, an internal lokpal would be established in Punjab also to take on the corrupt and the same would be headed by two retired judges.
Stating that it was difficult to tell who was more corrupt than the other, Sisodia said both the Congress and the SAD were entrenched in corruption.
"People have become wary of corruption but they do not dare speak against the high and mighty. Even the police have no guts to go against the government. In such a situation, we are giving people a mechanism that will empower them to choose people of their own choice," said Sisodia.
Endorsing the no-holds-barred brand of politics of the IAC team, he said there was no other way than taking matters to people's court.