Is Arvind Kejriwal ready to fight against political bigwigs?

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Anna Anti-Corruption Meet
New Delhi, Oct 2: The former Indian civil servant turned social activist Arvind Kejriwal has donned several hats. He is not new to adoring new roles. Now, the Ramon Magsaysay Award winner is all set to take his plunge into active politics. The anti-corruption crusader is all set to launch his political party in New Delhi on Tuesday, Oct 2. The launch of his political party coincides with Gandhi Jayanti, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, whom Kejriwal considers to be his idol.

During the launch of the yet to be named political party, Kejriwal and his supporters will release the party vision statement, its constitution, the selection procedure of candidates and a party manifesto. He will take feedback from the general public on the means and methods to be adopted to make his party pro-people.

But, political observers are critical about Kejriwal turning into a full-fledged politician. They have doubts about his political acumen.

"He is a sincere activist. He should continue as an activist and be a part of pressure groups to bring positive changes in the society. Politics is not the cup of tea for everyone," said an analyst.

Even his former colleague Anna Hazare is against getting involved into active politics.

Hazare had said that he would never associate his name with any political party.

"I will never join politics. Once again I am saying that no political party should use my name or photograph to gain mileage," said Hazare, distancing himself from Kejriwal's plan of launching political party.

However, Hazare clarified that he shared no rift with Kejriwal and would support him in his endeavour.

Whether Kejriwal has support of his former Team Anna colleagues or not, but many have hailed his decision to start a political party.

Hazare and Kejriwal were the main forces behind the now disbanded Team Anna, which started anti-corruption movement across India.

Answering on queries regarding the reason behind joining politics, Kejriwal said that people were looking for a political alternative as they were fed up of corruption. "People of this country are fed up of politics, people of this country are coming together now against corruption," Kejriwal said.

When asked about how he will manage funds to contest elections, Kejriwal said that the people will give us money, they will campaign and they will fight the elections.

"Elections are not democracy, that is the perception we want to change," added Kejriwal.

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