Friday, October 2, 2009

Lok Satta committed to realizing Gandhi’s dreams

Lok Satta Party was formed since the existing political parties had failed to provide good governance unto the last man as envisaged by Mahatma Gandhi, said its President Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan here today.

He was addressing party workers after hoisting the national flag and the party flag to mark the third anniversary of the party, and garlanding a photograph of Mahatma Gandhi on his birth anniversary at the party headquarters.

Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. JP recalled, pursued politics as a noble endeavor and sought to reconcile the interests of individuals with those of society. The Lok Satta Party, formed on Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary three years ago, was committed to realizing his goal of total ‘swaraj’.

Dr. JP released the Chandanagar division manifesto as part the party’s movement to restore power to people. The manifesto pointed out that the Government spent Rs.144 crore annually on the division with a population of 120,000. The Lok Satta, which had surveyed the needs of the people in different areas of the division, said all the amenities like provision of roads, drinking water, sewage, and school buildings could be taken up at a cost of a mere Rs.13 crore.

Dr. JP recalled that although Jawaharlal Nehru had launched panchayati raj exactly 50 years ago in Rajasthan, the country was yet to realize Gandhi’s goal of gram swaraj. The Lok Satta Party would release manifestos for all divisions with the ultimate goal of empowering people to resolve their own problems.

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