Will change system in 15 days, says Arvind Kejriwal at party launch
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Arvind Kejriwal launched his political party on Tuesday promising to change the system within a fortnight of being "voted to power". The name of the party will be announced on November 26.
He also promised to make some "very damaging revelations against two very big leaders of this country" on October 6.
While Kejriwal and fellow travellers abided by Anna Hazare's wish that his name not be used for soliciting votes, Gopal Rai coined a new moniker for the social activist — Ralegan ke fakir (the saint of Ralegan) — and dwelt at length on his "teachings". The "I am Anna" caps have been replaced by "I am aam admi I want Jan Lokpal" caps and these, Kejriwal said, would be the symbol of the party.
The party was launched in the presence of 1,000-odd people at the Constitution Club lawns, with the release of a vision document and programme. Huge portraits of Mahatma Gandhi and Lal Bahadur Shastri were displayed on the stage. Psephologist Yogendra Yadav made his formal debut as a member of the party while former Team Anna member Kumar Vishwas announced that he would stay out but canvass for votes when required.
With the Delhi Assembly elections to be the party's launch pad, Kejriwal threatened to disconnect power supply to Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit's residence if she did not resolve the issue of "inflated power bills" by November 3. "All political parties are partners in corruption and their concerns for the common man are mere theatrics. However we are setting two goals for ourselves on this first day as a political party — we will force the Delhi government to reduce water and power bills. On October 7, citizens from 62 Assembly constituencies will assemble and burn their power bills once more and if the tariff hike is not undone, we will not only gherao the Chief Minister's residence but also should she dare to disconnect supply in even one house for non-payment, we will cut off her power," Kejriwal said.
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