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Lok Satta Party president N. Jayaprakash Narayan on Sunday gave a forceful call to the youth and the middle-class people to help bring about change in the present political system by electing truly honest, non-corrupt and trustworthy leaders.
Addressing a press conference here, Mr. Narayan asserted that a question of self-respect and a little soul-searching was posed to everybody now with voters being viewed as purchasable commodities during elections. “Shall this continue? Can’t you bring a change? If you can’t do it now, then you have no right to go on complaining against the system,” he said.
Mr. Jayaprakash Narayan appealed to what he described as good sense of the people, saying that there was no use if the people continued to express surprise rather than act to stop the corrupt politicians.
He advised the youth and the middle-classes to stop “acting” and start doing what was required to provide a right answer to the present ills of polity.
Mr. Jayaprakash Narayan asked the people whether they would prefer to stand as a mute witness to the continuation of a political system that wanted to welcome only those would be able to spend Rs. 5 crore to Rs. 10 crore in an Assembly constituency for the elections. “It is a question whether you are ready for changing this system. The time has come for action,” he said.
Stating that the present political bosses were not ready to change, Mr. Narayan asked whether the voters would not feel ashamed to continue electing such untrustworthy politicians to positions of power in this country. He asserted that it was only Lok Satta Party that brought before the people a unique agenda that provided solutions to all these problems.
Mr. Jayaprakash Narayan felt that the political system seeking to stick to power through electoral corruption was worse than the terrorists who struck in Mumbai. He expressed concern that to a large extent, the terrorists managed to gain entry into the country by offering bribes at every level, which exposed the vulnerability of the entire system.
He suggested making of tough laws even to the extent of placing the burden of proof on the accused so that terrorists would be taught serious lessons.
HYDERABAD: Welcoming the stay given by the High Court on political parties’ road shows, the Lok Satta Party today pointed out that roads were meant for travel by people and not for demonstration of leaders’ strength.
The party has decided to file an affidavit in the High Court supporting the ban on road shows.
“Notwithstanding minor inconvenience to political parties in campaigning, the stay is welcome in the larger public interest. Political parties should make use of the Internet-age communication facilities to reach people,’’ LSP spokesmen Katari Srinivas Rao and B Krishna Reddy said in a press release here.
They said that road shows not only wasted people’s precious time and resources but also led to fatal accidents.
There had been many instances of people in medical emergencies losing life and caught up in traffic jams caused by politicians’ road shows.
The LSP pointed out that the Tamil Nadu Government had banned even roadside hoardings of movie stars as they distracted drivers’ attention.
How awful peoples’ plight could only be imagined when star-turned politicians hit the road, it said.
The LSP also welcomed the Election Commission’s decision to make post offices in villages as voter registration centres. The decision was a victory for the LSP which had been fighting for the reform for than a decade, the two leaders claimed.