Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Don’t allow administration to suffer, Lok Satta appeals to ruling party

Andhra Pradesh Ministers are not merely showing disrespect to the Chief Minister by skipping meetings convened by him but are also letting down people who elected them to power by devoting their time and effort to succession issues, charged the Lok Satta Party here today.

Talking to the media, party leaders Katari Srinivasa Rao, P.Ravi Maruth and Mrs.Y. Ramadevi said it was understandable that the untimely and gruesome death of a strong leader like Dr. Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy caused vacuum in the ruling party.

Since governance could not come to a standstill, the ruling party rightly chose one of their leaders as the Chief Minister who in turn chose his Ministers. Having taken oath of office and secrecy, the Ministers are expected to render justice to the portfolios entrusted to them.

Instead, the Lok Satta leaders said the Ministers were endlessly engrossed in power struggle and succession battle and in the process neglecting many grave problems like the swine flu confronting the State. While nobody would question the right of the ruling party to elect its leader, the ruling party should also ensure that administration and governance did not come to a standstill.

The government and public office are about promoting public good, not for private gain. The people do not exist for leaders and governments, parties and government exist for people. This simple truism has eluded the ruling party.

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