New Delhi: Live updates: 3.35 pm: Kejriwal's mentor Anna Hazare assures support to his party candidates saying that they must be good in order to win his backing. "I will not campaign for the party, but will support the right candidates."
3.10 pm: Activist Yogendra Yadav elaborates about the party, "Aam Aadmi Party will have a national coordinator who will be elected... Political Affairs Committee at the national level that is kind of a politburo. The National Executive has 30 seats... today 23 members were chosen. National Council is the broadest body. Party will have a Secretary and Treasurer. Aam Aadmi Party will not have a party president or general secretary. Names in the National Executive: Arvind Kejriwal, Prashant Bhushan, Yogendra Yadav, Mayank Gandhi, Gopal Rai, Kumar Viswas, Anand Kumar, Manish Sisodia, Subhas Bare and Ajit Jha. Shanti Bhushan is not a member of any body since Prashant is a member of the Executive body. A member cannot be in two bodies. The same structure will be replicated at district and state levels."
2.26 pm: Congress leader Manish Tewari says, "Aam aadmi is synonymous with the Congress Party since 1885. Nobody can hijack the intrinsic relationship between the Congress and the aam aadmi."
1.39 pm: Kejriwal names party as 'Aam Aadmi Party'. The name is proposed by Mayank Gandhi. The core team also adopts party constitution at the meet.
1.00 pm: Meeting of Arvind Kejriwal and 300 activists begins in Delhi.
10.49 am: Activist Yogendra Yadav says that the party "will have provisions against domination by one family. It will have an internal Lokpal and will be democratic in structure. Indian Constitution is one of the most progressive documents. We have been inspired by that. A party's Constitution is a technical legal document. It may look very good but in itself cannot make things happen. You have to make things happen.
10.45 am: Arvind Kejriwal says, "Today the common men, women, children are forming their party. Around 300-350 people are coming together today to form the party. They are not netas. They are fed up of netas. They are the people who are fed up of corruption and price rise. This is why the common man has decided to challenge them. Now the common man will sit in Parliament. National Executive will be formed. It will decide the name of the party. To run the party, there will be a National Working Committee. Party's vision is Swaraj. People should get the 'raj'. That vision will be finalised. Around 25-30 issues will be discussed... which all issues need to be taken first by the party. Committees will be formed. They will make drafts in four-five months. There will discussions through the country. The consensus formed then will be the stand of the party. Today what happens is four people in a room decide a party's ideology. We won't do that. Our party's ideology is Swaraj. Women and youth will be given important role in the party."
Anti-corruption campaigner Arvind Kejriwal will be meeting over 300 of his activist colleagues in the capital on Saturday in a bid to finalise the vision and constitution of his political party, which, he says, will be formally launched on Monday at the iconic protest venue, the Jantar Mantar.
Speaking to CNN-IBN, Kejriwal said that the members would decide the name of the political party, about which an announcement may be expected on the day itself, the party's 'national executive' that will have 30 members and the Constitution for the party.
He said that the people who meet on Saturday would be the first members of the political party. He added that the party will have no high command. "Through your channel, I would like to invite everyone as it is people's party, it is aam aadmi's party," Kejriwal said. "The name (of the party) will be announced and its formal launching ceremony is on Monday at Jantar Mantar," he added.
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