Kejriwal's party one step closer to contesting elections

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New Delhi, Mar 22 : The Aam Aadmi Party is one step closer to completing the formalities in the registration process. The Arvind Kejriwal led party got its registration from the Election Commission on Friday. However, as of now, no symbol has been issued.

According to a statement released by the party,"The Election Commission has issued a registration letter stating that it has registered the Aam Aadmi Party as political party under section 29A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 on and with effect from 21/03/2013".

The party said this takes "us one step closer to the dream of Swaraj, of delivering governance right into the hands of the people...As it is known that the nascent movement shook the foundations of corruption in India within months of its launch".

The symbol will be allotted 'before the notifications of contesting an election'. They had filed for registration on December 3, 2012. the Election Commission has directed the party not to use the National Emblem, Ashoka Chakra or any part in their letterhead or any other party materials in view of the provisions of the Emblems and Names (prevention of Improper Use) Act, 1950. "The party has accepted this direction," the statement said.

Arvind Kejriwal will begin an indefinite hunger strike and a 'civil disobedience' movement from Saturday against increased power and water bills. His fast will send a message even from the location. Kejriwal will sit on the fast at a house near the sub-divisional magistrate's office in Nand Nagri area in east Delhi. Kejriwal says, the house owner had to borrow money to pay his water and electric bills.

Recently, months after Kejriwal and Hazare parted ways due to infighting, Kejriwal blamed Anna Hazare for the split saying that there was a 'trust deficit'. The movement for the Janlokpal bill which started off with great aplomb in April 2011, lost momentum as infighting within members of India Against Corruption (IAC) began to take over. However, both of them have recently patched up.

OneIndia News (With inputs from PTI)

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