AAP rebels float ‘Swaraj Abhiyan’ a non political party

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New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party rebels Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan today rallied their supporters and announced a separate group called the “Swaraj Abhiyan,” pledging to work for alternative politics.

“The Swaraj Abhiyan will fight for the rights of farmers, women and common man across the country through protests and rallies,” said a resolution passed at a day-long meeting that could portend the exit of Mr Yadav and Mr Bhushan from the party they founded with Arvind Kejriwal three years ago.

The two leaders held off on announcing a new political party, which had been the widely expected when they called the meeting dubbed “Swaraj Samvaad” or self-rule dialogue.

They said in a vote, nearly 70 per cent workers had favoured fighting for causes while staying in AAP, and 25 per cent had backed the option of forming a new party.

A party will eventually be formed, they said, but “after a struggle for Swaraj at the grassroots level for six months.”

AAP has hinted at action against the rebels tomorrow.

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