Lok Satta

Monday, 27 February 2012 15:01

Vote for Lok Satta and herald New politics: Dr. JP

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The Lok Satta Party today appealed to people to support it with "votes, notes and seats" in the March 18 by-elections to the State Assembly and give a fillip to the party's determination to usher in people-centric politics.

Addressing a media conference, Lok Satta Party President Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan said that although the party is fielding its candidates only in two constituencies – Kovur and Mahabubnagar, their success will have a great impact on the shape of things to come in State politics. "The outcome will not result in a change of Government. But the by-elections provide a golden opportunity for people to give vent to their pent up feelings on the rotten state of politics in the State."

Dr. JP said that people of the State are thirsting for corruption-free politics and rule of law, fair and remunerative prices for farmers for their produce, a complete overhaul of the present liquor policy which has resulted in thousands of women becoming widows and children orphans, and a bright future for the youth.

People can realize their dreams only when they vote for a party which gives expression to their inner most sentiments, Dr. JP said and recalled what Abraham Lincoln had said, "Public opinion is everything. With public opinion, nothing can fail; without it nothing can succeed."

Dr. JP underlined that Lok Satta candidates can win only when people vote for them and not when they refrain contending that the candidates cannot win. He likened the mainstream political parties to wolves fighting for the right to devour innocent lambs and asked people to vote for the Lok Satta and lay the foundation for ushering in an era of people-centered politics. He appealed to the youth, women, farmers and students to spare their time and work for the success of the Lok Satta Party.

Dr. JP introduced Mr. Mohd Ghouse Moinuddin, a 44-year-old educationist, as the party's candidate for Mahabubnagar Assembly by-election. Nellore Narasaiah is the candidate for Kovur Assembly by-election. In reply to a question, the party did not go into the caste or community of candidates while selecting them.

Dr. JP said in reply to a question that seizure of Rs.30 lakh cash from a vehicle in Mahabubnagar constituency is no news since it merely brings to light the tendency of mainstream parties to win elections at any cost.

Asked to comment on Mr. Arvind Kejriwal's comment that a number of MPs are rapists and murderers, Dr. JP said that civil rights activists committed to changing politics should refrain from making sweeping remarks and practice restraint.

The Lok Satta Party has constituted two teams to work for the party's success in Kovur and Mahabhubnagar.

The Kovur team comprises Messrs D. V. V. S. Varma, Katari Srinivasa Rao, Bhisetty Babji, A. Ramesh Reddy and Narra Sridhar.

The Mahabubnagar team comprises Messrs Ravi Maruth, V. Lsxamn Balaji, G. Raja Reddy, Bandaru Ramamohana Rao and V. Vijayender Reddy.

Messrs D. V. V. S. Varma, V. Ramachandraiaah, and B. Rami Reddy took part in the media conference.