Saturday, November 21, 2009

Are Lok Satta policies not practicable?

By repeatedly saying that Lok Satta policies and programs are not practicable, TDP President N. Chandrababu Naidu is making it plain that he is interested in continuing the politics of loot and plunder, charged the Lok Satta Party here today.

“Apparently, he believes that change in people’s lives is neither warranted nor feasible,” said Lok Satta leaders Y. D. Rama Ro, Bhisetty Babji, V. Laxman Balaji and Eeda Chennayya at a media conference.

The Lok Satta posed a string of ten stinging questions to Mr. Chandrababu Naidu:

  1. The Lok Satta Party has not fielded any candidate with criminal background. Does Babu believe that politics has place only for criminals?

  2. The Lok Satta does not lure voters with money and liquor or other inducements. Does Babu believe he cannot win votes without offering them?

  3. The Lok Satta has proposed ward governments to devolve powers and resources on them. Does Babu believe that it is impossible?

  4. The Lok Satta does not polarize society on the basis of caste and religion, language and region and believes that every Indian is entitled to live and work here. Does Babu continue to work for the State’s breakup on the one hand and talk of protection to settlers on the other?

  5. The Lok Satta accounts for every rupee it receives and spends. Does Babu think it is impossible to fight elections without tapping black money?

  6. The Lok Satta holds its meetings without hiring people at huge expense in terms of money, liquor, food and transport. Does Babu believe that millions of rupees have to be spent to conduct meetings?

  7. The Lok Satta explains its policies without resorting to character assassination. Does Babu believe that there cannot be a discourse without slinging mud at others?

  8. The Lok Satta has come up with a Bill to curb corruption by creating autonomous mechanisms and special courts to punish the guilty. Does Babu believe that corruption cannot be eradicated since it hurts politicians?

  9. The Lok Satta does not believe in dynastic politics. Does Babu believe that politics should be the preserve of certain families?

  10. The Lok Satta believes in provision of quality education, healthcare and job-oriented skills to everybody. Does Babu believe in keeping people as perpetual beggars by doling them out TVs and cash transfers?

The Lok Satta leaders maintained that a vote to either the TDP or the Congress would be a wasted vote since both of them are committed to perpetuating politics of loot. They appealed to voters to exercise their franchise and elect good candidates since their future is at stake.

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