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Lok Satta is a non-violent Naxalite party: Dr. JP

“Ours is a non-violent Naxalite party wedded to ushering in a society that does not discriminate anybody on the basis of religion or caste, region or language or economic status”, declared Lok Satta Party President Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan here today.

Releasing the party’s second list of 20 candidates contesting the ensuing elections to the Legislative Assembly, Dr. JP disclosed that Mr. Sudhakar Babu contesting from Rampachodavaram in East Godavari district is former extremist who had wielded arms earlier. He had joined the Lok Satta Party and come forward to contest believing in the party philosophy that a ballot is much more lethal than a bullet in changing the course of politics and history.

Pointing out that 13 of the 20 candidates named today belong to SC, ST, and BC communities, Dr. JP said that the Lok Satta Party is the only one that is committed to ensuring social justice. Social justice did not lie in fielding corrupt, crooked and criminal politicians or their kin belonging to weaker sections. Social justice means ensuring equal education, health care and employment opportunities and social security to all without any discrimination on grounds of religion, caste, region or language or their social and economic status. It means enabling citizens to stand on their own feet and not making them mendicants. It implies treating every one as equal before law and it warrants proportional representation to SCs, STs, minorities and women who have been denied justice for centuries.

“Ten of the 20candidates are young people, and they have not been chosen for their pedigree or family. The Lok Satta alone provides space and opportunity to young people sans political dynasties.”

Dr. JP expressed satisfaction over the representation the party has given to weaker sections on International Day for Social Justice today. “We strive to practice what we preach today, unlike other parties”, he added.

Dr. JP said there are innumerable people in society known for their integrity, competence and leadership and who detest the present day politics ridden with corruption and family rule. It is time they plunged into politics instead of sitting on the fence. Silence of good people is much more dangerous than misdeeds of bad people when the future of our children hinges on the nature of politics. Asking them to avail of the platform provided by the Lok Satta, Dr. JP said: “We don’t you ask to which caste or religion you belong so long as you have leadership qualities and integrity and are committed to changing politics.”

Dr, JP said the stakes in the coming elections are high. “The incoming Government will be spending about Rs.7 lakh crore in the next five years. If we assume that three crore voters will exercise their franchise, the Government expenditure on each voter works out to Rs.2,30,000. Should the voter then sell his precious vote for a paltry Rs.500 or Rs. 1000 or a bottle of liquor?”

In response to a question, Dr. JP said that a large number of traditional party leaders had indeed made tons of money, some shrewdly and silently and some others openly and crudely, some centralizing the operation and some others decentralizing it. “The difference between leaders of different parties is one of degree but not of kind. It is true there are leaders of impeccable integrity among all traditional parties who themselves are grieved over the present day corrupt culture.”

Dr. JP called for an effective institutional mechanism to fight corruption, since trivializing it with exchange of personal allegations would lead people nowhere. He suggested constitution of special courts to go into allegations of corruption against people in public office and confiscation of properties of the guilty; formation of transparent and accountable district governments with citizen’s charters and attendant penalties and a commitment by all political parties not to induce voters with money and liquor.

Dr. JP recalled that Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee was so distressed about the current day politicians that he wanted all of them to be defeated in the coming elections as their conduct in the House was shameful.

The coming election provides a historic opportunity to all who would like to see a new dawn in their and their children’s lives, Dr. JP added. “The election in 2009 is a fight between traditional parties and private enterprise, which treat politics as commerce and private enterprise, and the people whose future is at stake. In this struggle, the Lok Satta is fighting on behalf of the people against forces of corruption and status quoism. Now is the time for people to shed despair and come out and be counted.”

The following is the second list of candidates released by the Lok Satta Party today:

S.No Name Constituency District
1 Malayadri.G Tirupathi Chittoor
2 K.V.Satya Prasad Kakinada Urban East Godavari
3 Sudhakara Babu Rampa Chodavaram East Godawari
4 Jashwant Reddy Uppal GHMC
5 Chintaboina Vinod Amberpet GHMC
6 Solkar Reddy Rajendra Nagar GHMC
7 B.Uma Maheshwar Reddy Tenali Guntur
8 V.A.Krishna Iyengar Gurajala Guntur
9 M.V.Nageswara Rao Machilipatnam Krishna
10 Raja Ramakrishna Varma Jaggaiahpeta Krishna
11 Venkatesh K.G. Aadhoni Kurnool
12 Suryanarayana.B Emmiganuru Kurnool
13 Anjaneyulu.C Mantralayam Kurnool
14 Murali Srinivas Gadwal Mahaboobnagar
15 G. Venkata Ramana Reddy Nalgonda Nalgonda
16 Pratap Sivaratri Kamareddy Nizamabad
17 Manikyamba Araku Visakhapatnam
18 Balanna Dora Paderu Visakhapatnam
19 Jhansi Ravala Visakha (E) Visakhapatnam
20 Bhagavathi Rao Jerripothula Visakha (S) Visakhapatnam
Friday, February 20, 2009 - 18:20

Lok Satta unit formed in U. K.

Non-resident Indians in the United Kingdom drawn from Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Orissa and other States have formed ‘Lok Satta UK,’ impressed by the Lok Satta Party’s citizen-centric politics.

Giving this information to the media here today, party General Secretaries Katari Srinivasa Rao and V. Laxman Balaji said that the Lok Satta UK comprising doctors, engineers and students is raising resources to help the Lok Satta face the 2009 elections and fighting for voting rights to NRIs. The campaign in the UK is led by Mr. Venkata Raghavan Guduri ( Some of the NRIs are planning to return to the country and play an active role in the Lok Satta Party by starting units in their States. Already Mr. Alok of Uttar Pradesh has returned to the country and started working for ushering in new politics.

NRIs in the UK will help the Lok Satta Party in opening citizen service centers in the country once the elections are over, Mr. Srinivasa Ra and Mr. Balaji said.

Thursday, February 19, 2009 - 20:49

Threat to shut down Andhra colleges: Dr. JP lambasts KCR

Lok Satta Party President Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan today took strong exception to Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) President K. Chandrasekhara Rao’s threat to shut down corporate educational institutions being run by Andhra corporate entities once the Telangana State is carved out. “KCR’s threat is unconstitutional, illegal, undemocratic and detrimental to the unity and integrity of the country,” Dr. JP told a media conference here.

Dr. JP said that KCR’s threats have no place in a constitutional democracy. “Such threats are criminal and threaten the economic prosperity and growth of all Indians.”

Addressing meetings in Mahbubnagar district, Mr. Chandrasekhara Rao (KCR) is reported to have said that educational institutions floated by unemployed post-graduates in Telanagana suffered on account of institutions run by Andhra capitalists.

Quoting the Constitution, Dr. JP said, "There is only one Indian citizenship in the country. Every Indian wherever he or she is born is equal and enjoys the same right to pursue education, employment, profession or business."

Dr. JP said Mr. KCR is entitled 100 percent to agitate for a separate Telangana State by utilizing all the democratic means available. “In fact, Mr. KCR should be complimented for having led the agitation so far without triggering violence as in the past.” None can fault him if he got a separate Telangana formed by adhering to the procedure laid down in the Constitution. “The formation of a separate Telangana State is not a big deal when it is realized that there are more than 80 countries in the world which are smaller than a district in Andhra Pradesh. Whether a separate State will bring about any transformation in the lives of the people is altogether a different issue.”

“But rousing passions and fanning hatred among people of different regions in the name of a separate State is unpardonable, besides being illegal,” said Dr. JP.

Dr. JP wanted the people to “beware of politicians who ignite hared among them on the basis of caste or creed, religion or region and language or ethnicity to serve their narrow vote bank politics. Political parties are expected to harmonize conflicting interests and promote common good, and not to pursue divisive politics.”

Dr. JP referred to the Mala-Madiga confrontation in Andhra Pradesh and the Meena-Gujjar conflict in Rajasthan on the issue of reservations, the agitation against Hindi speaking people in Maharashtra and Assam on the issue of jobs for locals, the Maharashtra-Karnataka dispute over Belgaum, the Karnataka-Tamil Nadu row over river waters, not to speak of the Hindu-Muslim religious clashes all over the country and said the traditional political parties fuelled them unmindful that they threatened the unity and integrity of India.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009 - 16:42