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Lok Satta organizing social justice conventions

In a bid to mobilize support to the Lok Saatta Party, a large number of leaders belonging to BC, SC, ST, minority and weaker sections are organizing ‘social justice’ regional conventions all over the State.

This was announced at a media conference here today by Katari Srinivsasa Rao, Akurati Muralikrishna, Eeda Chennaiah, Jupalli Satyanarayana, Allahbakash, Mrs. A. Maharani, all leaders belonging to downtrodden classes.

The leaders told the media that the Lok Satta is the only party which is genuinely committed to ensuring justice to weaker sections. The Lok Satta Party practices what it professes, they said by pointing out that in the recent organizational elections 12 of the elected district party presidents are from backward classes. Twenty-one of the 36 candidates named by the party as its candidates for contesting the ensuing Assembly elections are from downtrodden sections.

The leaders said that the Lok Satta conducted its party elections by secret ballot and provided an opportunity for anybody to occupy positions of power. In stark contrast to other parties, it did not look into the pedigree, caste or religion of the candidates. In fact, the party’s constitution provided for representation within the party to all sections considering their share in the population.

The Lok Satta alone has offered to provide quality education and health care and provision of job-oriented skills to all irrespective of their caste and religion, region and language. It is committed to making agriculture and traditional occupations remunerative.

The Lok Satta leaders recalled that the traditional parties had not allowed members belonging to a large number of downtrodden castes to step into legislature portals. Only seven percent of children from downtrodden castes completed high school education. But both the Congress and the Telugu Desam claimed they had already rendered them justice.

The leaders said that representation to a few sons or daughters of rich backward class families did not constitute social justice. Backward class people can come up in life only when they enjoy proportional representation in all elected offices and their children have equal opportunities to realize their potential.

It is to propagate this message that the leaders are planning regional conventions. The following is the schedule:

February 10: Visakhapatnam (Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam dts.)

February 12: Vijayawada (Krishna, Guntur, Khammam, East Godavari, Prakasam dts.)

February 14: Tirupati (Chittoor, Nellore, Kadapa, Kurnool, Anandtapur dts.)

February 16: Warangal (Hyderabad, Rangareddy, Mahbubnagar, Medak, Nalgonda dts.)

Saturday, January 31, 2009 - 23:55

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