Press Releases Archive

Balakrishna perpetuating dynastic tendencies: Lok Satta

The Lok Satta Party today counseled movie star Balakrishna, now campaigning on behalf of the Telugu Desam Party, to seek people’s support for his party by presenting an agenda and not by touting the name of his father, late Chief Minister N. T. Rama Rao.

Talking to the media, party spokesman Katari Srinivasa Rao and Working Committee member N. Ravinder took exception to Balakrishna seeking votes as movie actor NTR’s son and reeling off the names of movies in which his father had acted, even as he made an elected people’s representative kneel on the floor. “By word and deed, Balakrishna is perpetuating dynastic tendencies and deification of personalities which have no place in a democracy.”

The Lok Satta pointed out that with jugglery of words Balakrishna tried to conceal the fact that people owed their miseries to TDP’s 17-year misrule. He had not unveiled any agenda for change. Asking him to campaign democratically, the Lok Satta leaders advised him to enlist people’s support by coming up with schemes, which would prudently and productively utilize money contributed by people by way of taxes.

Friday, January 30, 2009 - 16:22

Lok Satta asks Babu to disclose full facts: Heritage affair

The Lok Satta Party today wanted leader of the Opposition and former Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu to disclose full facts concerning Heritage Foods’ deals and dispel people’s apprehensions over their legitimacy.

Referring to the controversy kicked off by the expose in Telugu daily ‘Sakshi’, the Lok Satta party said that the Heritage Foods’ promoters who include Mr. Chandrababu Naidu’s family should remember that a Ceaser’s wife should be above suspicion.

Briefing the media, party spokesman Katari Srinivasa Rao and Working Committee member Laxman Balaji said that regulatory agencies like SEBI should look into allegations of malfeasance and take appropriate action since Heritage Foods is a listed company. But that should not detract the promoters’ family from taking the public into confidence without taking shelter behind a technical and legal facade.

Thursday, January 29, 2009 - 16:33

Publish CBI report on ORR, demands Lok Satta

The Lok Satta Party today demanded that the Government publish the CBI report on irregularities in the execution of the Outer Ring Road project in the context of news reports that it had consigned the CBI report and its recommendations to the wastepaper basket.

Party spokesman Katari Srinivasa Rao and Working Committee member N. Ravinder told the media that the Government has so far refused to part with the report in response to the Lok Satta’s request for it under the Right to Information Act. They recalled that the Government had ordered the CBI inquiry following an uproar in the State over allegations of irregularities committed by officials and politicians. The leaders noted that the studied silence of the Telugu Desam Party, which had sought a CBI inquiry, was strange.

The Lok Satta Party demanded that the CBI be immunized from political pressures. The UPA Government had sought to reopen the disproportionate assets case against UP Chief Minister Mayawati and bury the ones against Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav to punish the former and reward the later for opposing and supporting the Government in the confidence vote on the nuclear deal. Now the CPM was trying to stall CBI prosecution of its Kerala leader Pinarayi Vijayan in a corruption case. The Lok Satta said that the CBI should be shielded from attempts by political parties to influence its working.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009 - 17:30