With the formal launch of political party by Arvind Kejriwal on Monday came the promises that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) believed will endear it to the electorates.
Speaking at Sansad Marg, Kejriwal said that if elected he will bring down the petrol price to Rs 50, diesel to Rs 40, cooking gas to Rs 350, and eradicate poverty and hunger in five years.
The revulsion for ‘corrupt’ politicians, the hallmark of India Against Corruption, was carried forward by the AAP at the function but with a difference. The list of ‘corrupt’ became diverse and along with it a promise to jail all those found guilty within six months of ‘coming to power’ was made.
Among those pronounced ‘guilty’ by the 5,000-odd crowd were P Chidambaram, Salman Khurshid, Kapil Sibal, Virbhadra Singh, Nitin Gadkari, Mulayam Singh Yadav, Mayawati, Parkash Singh Badal, P K Dhumal and Karunanidhi.
The speakers at the event touted the 2014 Parliamentary elections as ‘political parties vs common man’ and treated as foregone conclusion an AAP government in Delhi after the 2013 Assembly polls.
Kejriwal said that instead of giving rebates in corporate taxes, he will waive off taxes on fuel. Reiterating charges against Reliance and the government on KG Basin, he said if the present government succeeds to get Reliance a higher price for the gas, cooking gas would Rs 1,200 a cylinder.
Kumar Vishwas, the anchor of the programme, assailed Salman Khurshid and said he would not be able to return to Delhi after the next Lok Sabha elections. He also accused Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari of giving false info on the issue of money given to former NSG commando Surender Singh. The AAP several times highlighted its support to one-rank, one-pay in armed forces. The party also made an ardent appeal for donations. The biggest donor of the day, however, was former law minister Shanti Bhushan who gave Rs 1 crore.
The Lokpal of AAP would comprise former Jharkhand chief justice Bhagwati Prasad Sharma and former Navy chief Admiral (retd) L Ramdas.