Tug-of-war erupts between Congress,Kejriwal to own Aam Aadmi

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Arvind Digvijay Singh
New Delhi, Nov 26: After activist-turned-politician Arvind Kejriwal decided to name his political party "Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)", a war has erupted between Congress and Team Kejriwal to own Aam Aadmi. Congress claims that Kejriwal has hijacked the word Aam Aadmi from Congress.  Meanwhile, Kejriwal formally launched his party on Monday, Nov 26.

Since, General Elections 2004, Congress has been fighting elections in the name of Aam Aadmi. They have successfully used the slogan "Congress Ka Haath, Aam Aadmi Ke Saath" (Congress' hand, which is also is the party's election symbol, is with the common man).

Aam Aadmi is the common man of India.

Union Information and Broadcasting minister, Manish Tewari and party's general secretary, Digvijay Singh, in particular are mighty upset at Arvind and his team for appropriating the common man's name in their party. Speaking to reporters on Sunday in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, Singh said Kejriwal's move reflected his intellectual bankruptcy.

"It reflects the intellectual bankruptcy of Arvind Kejriwal that he has adopted the theme of the Congress Party," he said.

"Kejriwal should first get elected as an MLA (legislator) or MP (lawmaker) or a municipal corporator first," he added.

Addressing his supporters near Rajghat in New Delhi on Sunday, the activist-turned-politician also used the platform to attack Congress and BJP saying they "used" people only to get votes and never bothered about them.

"There are people who have looted India a lot. Now the youth have decided to come out and drive them out of Parliament. I ask all youth therefore to come to Jantar Mantar tomorrow and they will be given the status of founder member of the party," Kejriwal said.

Claiming that AAP was different from existing outfits, he said the donations and expenses would be uploaded every now and then on the outfit's website which is being launched tomorrow.

"We have set a series of guidelines for the party members. I want only those of you who can work full-time to come to this party and no one should be found indulging in any activities of taking money for votes during elections," he said.

Arvind Kejriwal said that the Congress and the BJP used people only to get votes and never bothered about them.

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