The Lok Satta Party today released the first list of 35 candidates who will be contesting the 2009 Assembly elections. The list includes 21 candidates who belong to discriminated sections including women.
Releasing the list, party President Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan told a media meet that active members of the party had chosen the candidates taking into account their competence, leadership qualities and passion for service.
Dr. JP said the Lok Satta welcomed public spirited candidates to contest on behalf of the Lok Sabha since it was the only party which did not evaluate candidates on the basis of their caste or religion and wealth or pedigree. No competent candidate would be denied a ticket or an incompetent one issued a ticket based on his or her caste.
Dr. JP described the coming elections as a battle between those who want to continue the current corrupt political culture and those who are determined to usher in a new political culture. The party had decided to contest all the 294 Assembly and 42 Lok Sabha seats all alone since no other party could muster the courage to declare it would not induce voters with money and/or liquor and not field criminal and corrupt elements as its candidates.
Dr. JP declared that the Lok Satta believes that true social justice is achieved only by providing quality education, health care and training in skills and job opportunities to every one without reference to his her caste or religion. In contrast, the other parties are all trying to exploit caste in the name of social justice so that a select few from their castes could be provided avenues to enrich themselves at the cost of the rest of society.
Pointing out that an overwhelming majority of people were thirsting for change, Dr. JP said he had no doubt that they would stand by ‘dharma’ in the fight against ‘adharma’.
The following are the candidates:
Constituency - Candidate
L. B. Nagar - Yenugu Rama Rao
Serilingampalli - Katari Srinivas Rao
Kuthbullapur - Nandipeta Ravinder
Musheerabad - Rohit Kumar
Jublee Hills - Mrs. Pratibha Rao
Secunderabad - Mrs. Maharani
Khairatabad - Atluri Subhashini
Amadalavalasa - Tammineni Aannam Naidu
Gajapati Nagaram - Eshwar Rao
Vizianagaram - Bhisheti Appa Rao babji
Gajuwaka - Biharilal
Anakapalli - Garimella Narayana
Jaggampeta - Mrs. Kamineni Jayasri
Prathipadu - Venkata Satyaprasad Kanchustambham
Peddapuram - Karanam Venkateshwar Rao
Undi - Gottumukkala Janakirama Raju
Pamarru - Mrs. Udiga Rajamani
Vijayawada East - Koneru Venkatapurna Basaveshwara Rao
Vijayawada Central - Mrs. Jnanamba
Penumaluru - Chennupati Vazir
Giddaluru - M. Bal Ranga Reddy
Markapuram - Chittam Venkat Reddy
Nellore Town - Narra Sridhar
Guduru - Kundurti Venkata Krishnaiah
Palamaneru - Mokati Mallikarjuna
Rajampeta - Jagan Mohan Raj
Anantapur Town - Kondeti Kondaiah
Tungaturti - Srinivasa Rao Puduri
Suryapeta - Karpuram Rajender
Khammam - Raghavulu Samineni
Wyra - Undadi Narender
Paleru - Polisetti Nageshwar Rao
Warangal West - Parcha Kondanda Rama Rao
Chennuru - Mrs. Mekala Saroja
Yella Reddy - Marri Rama Reddy