New Delhi: Activist-turned-politician Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday announced the name of his political party - Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) - and the first meeting of national council of his party will be held on November 26.
Here is how Kejriwal selected the name AAP.
After deciding to enter politics and inviting public feedback on it over various media, Kejriwal and his team received 40,000 emails, Facebook posts and letters from August 3 to September 30 regarding the proposed name of the political party. Finally, the name (Aam Aadmi Party) was fixed after a meeting between Kejriwal and 300 of his supporters, said a report published in FirstPost.
For Arvind Kejriwal and his team, the transition from brand ‘IAC’ to ‘AAP’ was not easy. While more than 75 percent respondents said that the party’s name should include the word ‘Swaraj’, some wanted ‘IAC’ and ‘Anna Hazare’ added to the party’s name.
The trend changed after IAC formally announced the creation of the political party on October 2. A majority of those responded via emails (83 percent) and social networking sites after October 2 said that the party’s name should have the words ‘aam aadmi’ (common man) – made popular through Arvind Kejriwal’s headgear and his references to the common man during his agitations.
According to Manish Sisodia, a core Team Kejriwal member, after much deliberation, they short-listed four names - ‘Parivartan Party’ as they want to bring about total change, ‘Jan Lokpal Party, as they have been fighting for Jan Lokpal Bill, ‘Swaraj Party’ because it conveys the ideology of their movement and ‘Aam Admi Party’ because all their policies and strategies are centered on common man.
These names were thrown open for discussion in the national council meet today and a consensus was reached on naming the party the ‘Aam Admi Party’.