The co-founders of the Aam Admi Party (AAP) Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan, who were later expelled from the anti-corruption party, on Sunday announced their new political party ‘Swaraj India’. The duo, after being ousted from the Aam Admi Party for anti-party activities, founded ‘Swaraj Abhiyan’, an organisation that claims to want to transform ideology into reality and to achieve ‘swaraj’ in all aspects of life – political, economical, social and cultural.
While addressing the final session of the two-day ‘Abhiyan’ national convention conducted in Delhi on July 31,the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Yogendra Yadav had announced that they would launch a new political party by October 2, which, he said, would provide “alternative political vehicle”.
They said the new political entity aimed to take the anti-corruption movement further ahead. The new political party plans to contest the upcoming municipal election in Delhi and has started the groundwork for it. According to the reports, the new entity already have a fully functional and elected bodies in six states and 100 districts across India.
In his tweet about the new party, Yogendra Yadav said, “Swaraj Abhiyan to continue as campaign organisation after formation of the party. Prashant Bhushan takes over as president of Swaraj Abhiyan.”
“We were never secretive about going political. A decision to launch a political party was taken with nearly 93 per cent of the delegates at the convention overwhelmingly supporting it,” Yogendra Yadav said reporters. He clarified that Swaraj Abhiyan would continue even after the formation of the political party that the organisation and its political outfit would function independently.