Team Anna’s political alternative will be an ‘andolan’, says Kejriwal
Published on August 3, 2012 under News
New Delhi(IANS): Throwing light on its proposed “political alternative”, Team Anna member Arvind Kejriwal said Friday that it would not be a party but an “andolan” or movement.
“Our aim is not to grab power, but to end the Delhi-centric government and take governance to the villages and the people. Ours will not be a party, but a movement,” Kejriwal told the thousands gathered at the indefinite fast site in Jantar Mantar here.
Kejriwal, who has been on fast since the past 10 days causing concern over his weakening health condition, spoke for half-an-hour about the proposed movement and plans.
“There will be no party high command and the people will select the candidates. We will go among the farmers and the people and ask them about their problems.
They will tell us about their problems and their solutions. We will also go among the youth and ask them about their problems and ask for solutions. Likewise, we will go around the entire country and meet people. They will form the ghoshna patra (manifesto).”
“Ours will have the structure of an andolan, and be what the people want.
“Our aim is not just to win the polls, it is to challenge all the political parties. All the donations we get we will put on our website and challenge the political parties to do likewise. We will likewise put our expenses on the website.”
He added that they would take their agitation “inside parliament and on the streets”.
He also invited those in the ruling Congress and opposition Bharatiya Janata Party to join their “desh bhakt” movement if they were “feeling suffocated” in their respective parties.
“I have a vision that in three years, India will change,” he added. General elections will be held in India in 2014.