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Kejriwal's party pushes ahead with Indian election plans

Published on Feb 16, 2014 9:07 PM

NEW DELHI (AFP) - The party of firebrand anti-corruption campaigner Arvind Kejriwal pushed ahead on Sunday with preparations to contest India's looming general election, just days after he dramatically resigned as Delhi chief minister.

Kejriwal's upstart Aam Aadmi ("common man") party (AAP) announced its first 20 candidates in the election due by May, including those who will stand against the two main political parties.

"This is our first list of 20 clean candidates and we will be putting out more lists to contest from different parts of the country in the days ahead," senior AAP leader Manish Sisodia told a press conference.

The move comes less than 48 hours after Kejriwal resigned as chief minister of Delhi state, along with his cabinet colleagues, when the two main parties combined to thwart his efforts to introduce a new anti-corruption bill.

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