Arvind Kejriwal Entry in Politics

By on July 3, 2013

A difference of opinion arose between Arvind Kejriwal and Anna Hazare. Hazare had wanted to keep the Jan Lokpal movement politically neutral but Kejriwal considered that direct involvement in politics was necessary because attempts to obtain progress regarding the Jan Lokpal Bill through talks with existing political parties had, in his opinion, achieved nothing. A survey conducted by the India Against Corruption organisation using social networking services had indicated that there was wide support for politicisation.

The two men agreed on 19 September 2012 that their differences regarding a role in politics were irreconcilable. Kejriwal had support from some well-known people involved in the anti-corruption movement, such as Prashant Bhushan and Shanti Bhushan, but was opposed by others such as Kiran Bedi and Santosh Hegde. On 2 October, the anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi, Kejriwal announced that he was forming a political party and that he intended the formal launch to be 26 November, coinciding with the anniversary of India’s adoption of its constitution in 1949.

The party name — Aam Aadmi Party — reflects the phrase Aam Aadmi, or “common man”, whose interests Kejriwal proposed to represent. The party was formally launched in Delhi on 26 November. It intends to contest elections for the first time in November 2013 by participating in the contest for the Delhi Legislative Assembly. Kejriwal has been selected to contest against Sheila Dikshit, a three-time Chief Minister of Delhi. He has also become one of the five most mentioned Indian politician on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter.


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