In his speech at the Jantar Mantar soon after his arrest this morning,Arvind Kejriwal urged the crowd to pronounce both the principal ruling party and the opposition incapable of governance. Kejriwal is all set to announce his own political party tentatively titled Swaraj Party on October 2 and Sundays agitation is widely believed to be an attempt to remain in the news till the formal launch happens.
Incidentally,Sunday was supposed to be the first meeting of the 80-100 member preparatory committee but the missing of the first date was effectively drowned by the picketing din. IAC sources say theres still no consensus on the constitution of the committee.
The change in leadership of the movement was apparent as I am Anna caps of Janlokpal agitation had been replaced by I am Arvind caps for Sundays coalgate agitation.
Kejriwal sought to underplay it. I would appeal to people not to wear these caps. This is very unfortunate. Anna Hazare is our leader. I respect him like I do my father. He is our leader,I am just a soldier.
Despite clear indications that Hazare was not in favour of a political party,Kejriwal claimed that it was Anna who decided to give a political alternative. He said he was willing to suspend the party if the government passes the Lokpal Bill,laws for right to reject and right to recall. He repeated his accusations against the UPA and the opposition on the genesis of the scam,adding one more arbitrary calculation that the government has looted Rs 3 lakh from every village.
Gadkaris business partner has been allotted coal block. Every political party loots the country. BJP and Congress have an understanding. BJP members shout inside the House and Congress ministers ask Speaker to adjourn the House. I want to ask Gadkari whether Ajay Sancheti is your business partner, he alleged. He urged the Prime Minister to retire to come good on his statement that if allegations against him are proved he would retire from politics.
Later he tweeted the success of the agitation. Todays movement had 2 purposes. (1) tell people how BJP and Congress are hand in gloves. People from both parties got coal blocks. (2) expose the brutal,corrupt nature of political establishment. Expose their arrogance of power. Both objectives achieved. I salute all krantikaris. The political alternative started by Anna,though wud be a party under law,but it wud be a political revolution in practice. This political revolution wud sweep the whole country in times to come.
In the evening he announced that he would sit on a dharna outside Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhans residence on August 28 to protest against police atrocities on IAC volunteers.