Press Releases Archive

Field women in 33% seats - Demands Mahila Satta

The Mahila Satta today demanded that all parties allocate 33 percent of tickets to women in the forthcoming elections to the Assembly and the Lok Satta, without waiting for the passage of a bill to that effect in Parliament.

Mahila Satta Secretary D.Saroja welcomed the election of a large number of women to five Assemblies in the just concluded elections. She was glad the participation of women in polling too was heavy.

She pointed out that the Lok Satta Party had already reserved one-third of positions to women at all levels and committed itself to fielding women in 33 percent of seats in the 2009 elections. All parties should utilize the upcoming elections for women empowerment by emulating the Lok Satta Party, she said.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008 - 22:23

Lok Satta Party's Citizen Help Center in Mothkur, Nalgonda

Dr.Jayaprakash Narayan opens the Citizen Help Center in Mothkur, Nalgonda district. Setting up of this Citizen Help Center has been made possible due to the unstinted support of Raghava Reddy Solipuram (of Mothkur currently residing in Texas, USA).

Wednesday, December 10, 2008 - 15:33

Fiscal stimulus package welcome: Dr. JP

Lok Satta Party President Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan today welcomed the Union Government's package to stimulate the economy, now in a downturn, as "welcome, necessary and well-targeted."

Although it might lead to budgetary deficit and contravene the FRBM (Fiscal Responsibility and Budgetary Management) Act, the package is perfectly justified against the backdrop of global recession and its impact on India. "Deficits need not be feared under such circumstances."

By not addressing the low incomes and educated unemployment, the stimulus package fell short of medium term requirements. The real solution lay in vigorous skills and jobs promotion and focus on universal education and health care.

Monday, December 8, 2008 - 20:27

People seeking change: Dr. JP

Lok Satta Party President Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan said today the results of Assembly elections in five States proved the people rejected political parties' attempts at dividing them on the basis of religion and caste.

In a media statement, Dr. JP said that people expressed their desire for change by voting for the best among the alternatives open to them. They would have certainly voted for a clean new alternative had there been one. The elections also demonstrated that parties could not depend on 'anti-incumbency' to waft them onto victory.

Dr. JP pointed out that attempts to whip up people's sentiments on terrorist strikes in Delhi and Mumbai and exploit the controversy between Gujjars and Meenas on the issue of reservations had backfired.

"The national parties are paying a heavy price by not seeking replacement of the present first-past-the-post electoral system by a proportional representation system. The BSP cut into the Congress votes and adversely its performance in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Delhi."

Monday, December 8, 2008 - 20:18

Dr. JP welcomes Aamir Khan's call for Clean and honest politics

Lok Satta President Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan has welcomed Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan’s call for the emergence of a political party which stands for “clean and honest politics".

In his blog, Aamir Khan had blamed all political parties for failing to tackle terrorism and added that the people too were to blame for not exercising their right to vote and making injudicious choices. He said, "We can only blame ourselves guys. Half of us don't go to vote. The half that does vote has selected these guys."

In a letter to Aamir Khan, Dr. JP pointed out that "The mindless anger of many people against politicians can easily become anti-political and lead to chaos and disintegration or authoritarianism. We need clean and honest politics with a practical and inclusive agenda. Vote buying and inducements and stoking flames of hatred and divisions should give way to meaningful public discourse and the awakening and mobilization of citizens."

Recalling that the Lok Satta movement, engaged in political and governance reform work for over 12 years, had achieved impressive results, Dr. JP said, "But we have come to the conclusion that unless a new political culture is evolved all else is lost." That was why the Lok Satta Party was launched two years ago. Dr. JP pointed out that the Lok Satta's political base is in Andhra Pradesh for the time being since building a national political entity is a Herculean task and needs vast resources and leadership of many credible people across the country."

Dr. JP said: "Your words are music to the ears of all lovers of liberty and national integration. We should meet at the earliest to share ideas and see how best we can take them forward."

Saturday, December 6, 2008 - 08:58