02/10/2016 4:53 PM IST | Updated 02/10/2016 5:03 PM IST

'Swaraj India': Yogendra Yadav And Prashant Bhushan's New Political Party

"Forming a new party for alternative politics is a sacred duty."

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File photo of Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan.

NEW DELHI -- Former Aam Aadmi Party leaders Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan announced the formation of their new political party on Sunday. It will be called 'Swaraj India'.

"Forming a new party for alternative politics is a sacred duty," tweeted out Yadav, attributing the quote to Bhushan.

They said that it would be a "yardstick for alternative politics" and that Swaraj Abhiyan, headed by Bhushan, would continue as campaign organisation after the formation of the political party.

Earlier, on 31 July, addressing the concluding session of a two-day Abhiyan national convention here, Yadav had announced the launching of the new political party by 2 October to provide an "alternative political vehicle".

Later, a committee was formed to look into the details of the new political party.

Yadav had said, "We were never secretive about going political. A decision to launch a political party was taken with nearly 93% of the delegates at the convention overwhelmingly supporting it.

Yadav, however, had clarified that Swaraj Abhiyan will continue to exist even after the new political party is launched and the two will function independently.

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