Friday, April 11, 2014

Loksatta Party is exemplary in encouraging BCs: Katari

The credit for electing a BC as its State President goes to the Loksatta Party which shuns politics of dynasty. This is in sharp contrast to other parties which promise higher representation to BCs in elected offices on the eve of elections. While some promise top positions in the party to BCs some others offer even the post of Chief Minister.

Stating this at a meeting held at the party headquarters to pay tributes to Jotirao Phule on his birth anniversary, State Loksatta Party President Katari Srinivasa Rao said that the Loksatta alone has institutional arrangements to facilitate those with competence and commitment to rise to any position irrespective of their caste. That was why one out of every three candidates it named in the 2009 general elections was a BC. Of the 45 candidates contesting the Assembly elections in Telangana in 2014, 19 are BCs, six SCs and two STs.

Mr. Srinivasa Rao pointed out that the Loksatta has made education its focus of attention in tune with Phule’s maxim that education alone will enable everyone to lead a life of dignity. He cautioned people to beware of parties which offer temporary sops and loan waivers to lure their votes instead of talking about providing quality education and healthcare and employment opportunities to all.

He recalled that leaders like Narayan Guru, Ambedkar, Ramaswamy Periyar and Gandhi carried forward the fight initiated by Phule against caste and gender-based discrimination. Thanks to the advent of technology and urbanization, the present generation has the opportunity to realize their dreams. It should utilize the opportunity by becoming partners in promoting good politics.

Loksatta Party leaders Nandipet Ravinder, P. Bhaskara Rao, K. Gita Murthy, Dosapati Ramu, Thummanapalle Srinivas and Durga Ramachandra Rao were among those who took part in the program.

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