Anti-corruption party launched in India

Arvind Kejriwal says formation of his party would mark a new chapter in the struggle against a "bribe-taking culture".

Afp October 02, 2012

NEW DELHI: One of India's most prominent anti-corruption campaigners launched a new political party on Tuesday, aiming to tap into a rich seam of public anger against the graft-tainted government.

Arvind Kejriwal said the formation of his party would mark a new chapter in the struggle against a "bribe-taking culture" and pledged to field candidates at a general election due in 2014.

"Our political party is first step in the right direction, the common man will soon become the law maker," Kejriwal told AFP, after the launch in New Delhi.

The launch of the yet-unnamed party was announced on the anniversary of the birth of the father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi.

"We derive lessons from Mahatma Gandhi's teachings. We are determined to clean up the entire political spectrum. Our candidates will be committed to honesty and transparency and they will fight elections," Kejriwal added.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's government has been rocked by a string of graft accusations, including revelations that officials pocketed millions of dollars when awarding tenders for telecoms and coal-mining ventures.

Kejriwal, a former civil servant, co-founded a group called India Against Corruption which caused huge embarrassment for the Congress-led coalition government when another leader Anna Hazare went on hunger strike.

Hundreds of thousands of people took part in protests organised by India Against Corruption although the movement has since largely fizzled out.

Hazare has since parted ways with Kejriwal over his plans to enter politics, which he has described as "full of dirt".

Kejriwal told AFP that his group would continue to "seek Hazare's blessings" despite the rift.


Krishanu Mondal | 9 years ago | Reply

Maximum political party of INDIA have created communal disharmony between various castes,religions e.t.c to get a heavy vote bank and enlarge their property. PLEASE............. ARABIND clean it permanently........

Ashwani Kumar Joshi | 9 years ago | Reply

What so ever be out come of elections, there is wave of awareness sweeping in India. Lets give it strength if we want future of children to be better and our old age well secured in India. Corruption has served few but harmed most of us at one or other stage of life. Its not Kejriwal or Anna its wave of India awaking in awareness now and dishonests must count their days. Jai Hind

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