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Lok Satta exposes Babu’s double standards

The Lok Satta Party today accused Opposition leader N. Chandrababau Naidu of adopting double standards in promising to appoint a special court to go into corruption allegations against the Chief Minister and his family members while remaining silent on similar charges against him.

Those in public life should set an example to others by voluntarily seeking an inquiry if allegations are leveled against them, Lok Satta General Secretaries Katari Srinivasa Rao and Lakxman Balaji told the media here.

While welcoming Mr. Chandrababu Naidu’s attempts to launch an agitation at the national level against the Chief Minister, the Lok Satta Party contended that a short discussion in Parliament and formal representations to the head of State and others would not put an end to the scourge of corruption that has struck deep roots in Andhra Pradesh.

The Lok Satta leaders referred to the exchange of serious allegations of corruption against each other by Dr. Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy and Mr. N. Chandrababu Naidu and said the party was inclined to believe that “both of them are speaking the truth and nothing but the truth.” That was why the Lok Satta Party has been demanding the constitution of special courts to go into corruption charges against holding public office and confiscation of illegally acquired properties if the charges were proved.

“Mr. Chandrababu Naidu, who has turned a deaf ear to the Lok Satta demand so far, now wants a special court to be constituted to go into corruption charges against Dr. YSR, while maintaining a studied silence on charges against him. It is a case of the kettle calling the pot black,” the party leaders charged.

The Lok Satta asked why Mr. Chandrababu Naidu should have any reservations in welcoming an inquiry if he has nothing to fear. “Apparently, he is trying to use the inquiry as a stepping stone to come back to power”, the Lok Satta said.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009 - 16:32

Interim budget a damp squib: Lok Satta

Lok Satta Party expressed its dismay and disappointment over the interim budget presented by acting Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee today. Mr. Pranab Mukherjee, who asserted that extraordinary economic circumstances warranted extraordinary measures did not walk his talk by announcing any new package to arrest and reverse the downtrend in the Indian economy.

It was tragic that he preferred propriety to addressing the grave economic crisis in the country. The present Government might not get another opportunity to address the problems as its policymaking mechanism gets paralyzed once the election process is under way, said Lok Satta vice-president Mr. DVVS Varma, General Secretary Mr. V. Laxman Balaji.

They said that the global economic recession coupled with liquidity crunch has led to curtailment of production in a number of sectors ranging from automobiles to information technology, gems and jewellery to leather and textiles. Millions of people have been losing their jobs and livelihood in the wake of the economic crisis stalking the country.

Mr. Pranab Mukherjee did not unveil any package to address the grave problems facing the economy. Instead, he chose to list out the accomplishments of the UPA Government. Although higher allocations to some of the flagship programs of the UPA Government like the NREGS and NRHS are welcome, the UPA Government has failed to seize the opportunity of presenting an interim budget to mitigate the sufferings of common people.

Mr. Varma pointed out that poverty could be eradicated only if quality health care, education and job oriented skills and employment opportunities are provided to all and agriculture and allied sectors including traditional occupations are made remunerative. “Perpetuation of poverty suits the traditional parties because they will have an abundant reservoir of unskilled, unemployed and underemployed people ever ready for being hired as political workers.”

Monday, February 16, 2009 - 21:10

Lok Satta movement to work for political change

The Lok Satta movement will be enlightening the people on the need for changing the nature of politics during its second phase.

Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan, the founder of the Lok Satta movement, and now President of the Lok Satta Party recalled that the NGO accomplished a number of reforms ranging from voter registration at post offices to disclosure of poll contestants’ criminal antecedents and from the Right to Information Act to the Gram Nayalaya Act. “But people’s living conditions cannot be improved unless politics is rid of corruption.” The Lok Satta movement, as part of its second phase, would be focusing on educating the public on the need for new politics and good governance.

Dr. JP was addressing a meeting on the occasion of election of new office-bearers of the Lok Satta movement. Mr. DVVS Varma, Vice President of the Lok Satta Party, said the Lok Satta movement was in the forefront of many democratic movements during the last ten years.

Mr. P. L. Narasimha Rao was elected Coordinator and Mr. Bandaru Rammohan Rao, General Secretary, of the movement. Ms Vijayalakshmi Baksh, Mr. T. Rajamouli, Mr. C. Yellaiah, Mr. Somasekhar and Mr. Meeneswara Rao were elected Secretaries.

Saturday, February 14, 2009 - 16:53

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