It's finally here. After promising a political alternative to Anna Hazare's anti-corruption campaign, the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party was formally launched today with its national executive and other party posts being announced.
Admittedly there are some less than familiar faces in the group, but according to psephologist and member of the party Yogendra Yadav, they should overcome the shortcomings in the current structure of the party.
"There is less representation from South, it is a deficiency and we should be able to overcome that. This is partly because of the areas where the movement became stronger like north India. That is why an unevenness is reflected here. We hope to make up for that. We have left seven positions vacant," Yadav said.
Here are the details of who form the national executive of Aam Aadmi Party:
Manish Sisodia: A former news producer with Zee News, Sisodia has been a long time associate of Kejriwal's since his campaign for a stronger Right to Information Act. He's been part of Kejriwal's Public Cause Research Foundation, the Jan Lokpal movement and now a member of the national executive of the Aam Aadmi Party.
Gopal Rai: Has been associated with students' politics in Allahabad and Lucknow. Was shot at and badly injured in during his campaigns against criminals in political parties in Uttar Pradesh. Joined the Jan Lokpal movement with Kejriwal and Anna Hazare around the end of 2010. Observed ten days fast for Jan Lokpal Bill in July 2012 with erstwhile Team Anna at Jantar Mantar.
Prashant Bhushan: Son of former union law minister Shanti Bhushan, Prashant is a senior Supreme Court lawyer and one of the most prominent faces of Kejriwal's group. He has been at the forefront of recent campaigns against politicians and industrialists, and has also represented the group's campaigns in court.
Sanjay Singh: Hailing from Sultanpur in Uttar Pradesh, Singh is the president of Azad Samaaj Sewa Samiti and a familiar face from the Jan Lokpal movement. He has been tasked with getting cadre in his home state.
Pankaj Gupta, national secretary, national executive: After completing electronics engineering from Motilal Nehru Regional Engineering College in Allahabad, Gupta worked for various software companies for 25 years before quitting his job to work for the education of underprivileged children. Gupta one of the key members in Kejriwal's group who worked backstage during the Jan Lokpal movement.
Kumar Vishvas: A poet and former member of the Hindi faculty in a college in Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh, Kumar is known for his witty poems. He lampoons the government during most of his speeches and TV discussions.
Naveen Jai Hind: Worked for the RTI Act in Haryana and created awareness about Jan Lokpal movement in the region. Founded a students' union called Jai Hind Chhatra Morcha in 2006.
Dinesh Vaghela: A social worker, Vaghela actively participated in JP movement. Worked for the RTI Act before joining the Jan Lokpal movement.
Yogendra Yadav: Renowned psephologist and fellow at CSDS (Centre for Society of Developing Societies) in Delhi. Was a member of the advisory committee on Right to Education (RTE) in 2010.
Prof. Ajit Jha: A professor in Delhi University. Jha has actively worked with the NGO Lok Rajniti Manch and his expertise is Panchayati Raj. Was also associated with political organisation called Samajvadi Jan Parishad.
Christina Samy: Worked against the sand mafia in Tamil Nadu's Karur district. She formed an organisation called Women's Front, which contested elections at panchayat, Assembly and Lok Sabha level.
Prof Anand Kumar: Sociologist and professor in Delhi's Jawaharlal university. Kumar has taught in BHU and is an authority on political science and democracy.
Ilyas Azmi: Azmi is a two time MP from Hardoi and Lakhimpur Khiri. Has worked with former prime minister VP Singh.
Shazia Ilmi: A former journalist with Star News, Ilmi is a prominent Muslim face in Team Kejriwal and has been their spokesperson at many a television debate.
Habung Payang: Former information commissioner of Arunachal Pradesh, Payang is expected to strengthen the unit in Arunachal and other Northeast states.
Yogesh Dahiya: A farmers' leader in western Uttar Pradesh, Dahiya has been working for the rights of sugarcane farmers.
MBN Pannikar: Workers' leader in Odisha, Pannikar worked with a labour union in a Rourkela steel plant. Established the Rourkela labour union which functioned successfully.
Ashok Agrawal: An advocate in Delhi, Agrawal is know for his work on the RTE Act and aiding children of economically weaker section category in government and private schools.
Krishkant Saveda, treasurer: Popularly known in the party as Sanju, Saveda is from Bikaner, Rajasthan. Worked for the Jan Lokpal movement in Rajasthan.
Mayank Gandhi: Before the party's launch, Gandhi was handling IAC Mumbai unit.
Rakesh Sinha: A ceramic engineer by qualification, Sinha has worked in Tata's Rourkela plant and has taught in BHU and IIT. Formed the NGO Samataa Sangathan in 1980.
Published Date: Nov 26, 2012 04:59 pm | Updated Date: Nov 26, 2012 06:08 pm