Lok Satta Party President Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan today appealed to the people of Andhra Pradesh to avail of the historic opportunity being presented by the general elections in 2009 to reject politics rooted in dynasties, money and muscle power.
Addressing the media on the occasion of Mrs. Gouthu Jhansi joining the Lok Satta Party after quitting the Praja Rajyam Party, Dr. JP said that the Lok Satta provided a forum to people who were fed up with traditional parties. "Lok Satta politics are policy based and people centered. It has thrown open its gates to people without looking into their pedigree or money power, or their caste and religion. It is the only party which is conducting its organizational elections by secret ballot from the mandal to the State level. The party is fielding young and educated candidates belonging to middle classes to contest the ensuing elections."
Dr. JP recalled that the Lok Satta registered significant victories in many matters on which it had been fighting for many years. They included Parliament passing the Gram Nyayalaya Bill, the Election Commission recognizing post office as a nodal agency for voter registration, and delimitation of constituencies.
Mrs. Gouthu Jhansi said she had quit the Praja Rajyam Party since she was not reconciled to its methods of working. Although it claimed to work for social justice, its actions belied its claims. She described her joining the Lok Satta as a home coming since she had been an admirer of it even before it became a party.