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New Delhi: Swaraj Abhiyaan, the breakaway movement funded by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) rebels, has elected a national working committee, adopted an ad hoc constitution and decided to undertake a “jai kisaan movement" to fight for farmers’ rights.

The decisions were taken in a meeting of the national steering committee of the movement held in Gurgaon on 19 and 20 May.

The 29-member committee, which will drive the activities of the movement, includes dissident AAP leaders Yogendra Yadav, Prashant Bhushan, Ajit Jha, Anand Kumar and Christina Samy.

Swaraj Abhiyaan is likely to focus on farmers’ issues over the next few months. “Though there are many political parties that have taken up this issue, they are not in the form of a mass contact movement," Yadav said on Thursday.

The movement will launch a mass contact programme to make farmers and landless labourers aware of the proposed changes to the land acquisition law as well as the central government’s decision to lower the minimum support price for crops.

The committee also adopted a constitution that will be focus on transparency.

“A few important facts of the constitution are that we have decided to practise transparency. Our members, expenses and everything else will be made available on our website. All the resolutions of the executive bodies will also be uploaded on the website," said founder member of the movement Prashant Bhushan.

Swaraj Abhiyaan was formed on 14 April at a meeting organised by dissident members and volunteers of AAP.

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