Social activist Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday announced a new political party, which, according to a vision document, will empower people to prepare their own budgets, fight corruption, check price rise and work to implement the direct rule of the people.
Wearing a cap with I Am Aam Aadmi (common man) printed on it, unlike the I am Anna caps worn earlier by anti-corruption activists, Kejriwal said at a packed public function here that in some towns in Brazil, budgets are decided in every lane and street. “People make lists of their problems and these are put together and the budget is a reflection of solutions to these problems.”
“Our party’s aim would be to realise swaraj or self-rule or democracy in its true sense,” he said. The vision document of the yet-to-be named party, which was also released on Tuesday, promises to work for the “rule of the people”.
Kejriwal said the party's name on would be announced on November 26, the day on which in 1949 the Constitution was adopted. Apart from making budgets, the people will also have powers to amend or even repeal a particular law which they are opposed to, the document says.
The party also proposes tough laws to end corruption and would let the people decide the prices of essential services and commodities, it adds. Land acquisition would be done only with the consent of the people concerned, and the existing Land Acquisition Act would be repealed. On education and health, the document says the party would aim to make the government schools and health centres of international standards.
Speaking on the occasion, Prashant Bhushan said: “Let a village decide on issues that affect a village; let the district decide on issues that affect the district; let the state decide on issues that affect the state and the Centre decide on issues that affect the country...” The model of politics they have embraced was about brining power to the people and smashing the present centres of power. The party is mainly to change the system, said Bhushan, who had also sported an I am Aam Aadmi cap.
Another instance of people-centred decisions was the selection of candidates which would be done by the people of the locality, and not by the party leaders like Kejriwal or Bhushan, said Yogendra Yadav, a political analyst who joined politics on Tuesday with the new party. He added the vision document was just a trailer and it would be constantly improved as and when people sent more suggestions on what they want the party to be like.