Saturday, March 28, 2009

Dr. JP files nomination, warns against three families out to grab power

“Three families in Andhra Pradesh – those of Chief Minister Dr. Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy, Opposition leader N. Chandrababu Naidu and Praja Rayam President Chiranjeevi – are fighting among themselves to grab power by hook or by crook. People, in their eyes, are only pawns in the power game”, charged Lok Satta Party President Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan here today.

Addressing party workers before and after filing his nomination for the Kukatpally Assembly seat, Dr. JP said that only the Lok Satta regards people as the real sovereigns in a democracy.

Describing the elections as a fight between people on the one hand and politics of family rule, corruption, exploitation and business on the other, Dr. JP said the Lok Satta alone voiced people’s anguish and aspirations.

“Elections are about the future of our children and us and not about the fortunes of politicians and their families. Politics should revolve round our children’s future and not the other way round”.

Dr. JP said that the ballot is more powerful than the bullet in transforming people’s lives, and therefore people should not part with it for currency. “Those who bought tickets for crores of rupees are out to buy votes at Rs.1000 each”, he said.

Accompanied by party supporters and admirers, Dr. JP walked from Truck Bay to Kukatpally municipal office, a distance of two km, to file his nomination papers. En route, people spontaneously contributed amounts totaling about Rs.25,000 to the Lok Satta Party.

Dr. JP in his address referred to a young garbage collector he had seen en route and said that although he too was endowed with intelligence like all others, he had to earn his livelihood the hard way because of his family background. The Lok Satta, he said, would be creating a society in which every child irrespective of its caste and religion and family background would have the opportunity to realize its potential. That’s why people transcending their political affiliations are supporting the Lok Satta not merely in Kukatpally but all over the State. Kukatpally will be replicated all over the country in the next five years, he said.

Dr. JP said that, if elected, he would develop Kukatpally as a model constituency in three years.

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