Former Aam Aadmi Party leaders Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan on Sunday launched a new political outfit â€˜Swaraj Indiaâ€™ and declared it will contest Delhi civic polls but will skip Punjab election scheduled next year.
"Forming a new party for alternative politics is a sacred duty," tweeted Yadav, attributing the quote to Bhushan.
Lashing out at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for â€œbetraying the aam aadmiâ€, Yadav, who will head the new party, said it would offer â€œalternative politicsâ€ and not resort to â€œcult politicsâ€.
Swaraj Abhiyan, an organisation, formed by the duo after their expulsion from the AAP in April last year, said the outfit will continue to exist as a separate entity, giving people who donâ€™t wish to participate in electoral politics an alternative platform.
Bhushan will head the organisation. Abhiyan has been campaigning on varied issues, ranging from agriarian crisis to corruption.
â€œNow that we are a political party, it is not that we will contest every election. Politics in Punjab is very fluid and the need of the hour is to defeat the Badal government, which is the most hated organisation in the country,â€ Yadav said.
â€œWe will support (suspended AAP MP) Dharamvira Gandhi, who has already announced a front. We will be contesting the MCD polls,â€ he added.
Bhushan said Swaraj India will not only bring itself under the ambit of RTI, but it will also not use party whip on MLAs and MPs and restrict it to no-confidence motion.
â€œOur members will have the freedom to express their opinion contrary to the one shared by the party, which doesnâ€™t exist in other parties,â€ he said.Â
Forming a new party for alternative politics is a sacred duty -- Prashant Bhushan at founding convention of Swaraj Indiaâ€” Yogendra Yadav (@_YogendraYadav) October 2, 2016
Earlier on 31 July, both leaders have declared that launching of a political party by October 2 to provide an â€œalternative political vehicleâ€ even as they hit out at AAP saying it has a â€œsupremoâ€ culture.