Aam Aadmi Party is an Indian political party, launched on 26 November 2012. It came into existence following differences between the activists Arvind Kejriwal and Anna Hazare regarding whether or not to awaken the Indian citizens against corruption that had been demanding a Jan Lok Pal Bill since 2011. Broom is the party’s political symbol for the 2013 elections in Delhi.
The AAP has led several protests since its formation. Among these was a campaign against government and private corporations relating to the issues of shortage of water and electricity. Another saw the party demanding justice for victims of sexual harassment and rape, including the introduction of a stronger anti-rape law.
Arvind Kejriwal wanted that spark against corruption should be kept alive in the people of India by forming a political party and thus supporting its Jan Lok Pal Bill. A survey conducted by the India Against Corruption organisation using social networking services had indicated that there was wide support for politicisation.
The party name reflects the phrase Aam Aadmi or “common man”, whose interests Kejriwal proposed to represent. A party constitution was adopted on 24 November 2012, when a National Council comprising 320 people and a National Executive of 23 were also formed. Both the Council and the Executive were expected to have more members in due course, with the intention being that all districts and all classes of people would have a voice. Various committees were to be formed to draft proposals for adoption by the party in a process that was expected to take several months. The party was launched in Delhi on 26 November and in March 2013 it was registered as a political party by the Election Commission of India.
The AAP believe in protecting the rights of common people and fighting for their equality and justice in the society against corruption. It believes that through swaraj the government will be directly accountable to the people instead of higher officials. The swaraj model lays stress on self governance, community building and decentralisation.
AAP Party believes in the motto that, “We are aam aadmis. If we find our solution in the left we are happy to borrow it from there. If we find our solution in the right, we are happy to borrow it from there.”