‘Merely showing concern is not enough’

Lok Satta Party is prepared to allot 100 Assembly seats or 33 per cent of the seats to backward class candidates in the next general elections, Lok Satta district secretary Gampa Tirupati and treasurer Devara Srikrishna said on Tuesday.

All the political parties should strive to achieve 33 per cent reservation to the backward classes, rather than merely evince dubious concern for them, they said in a statement. The Telugu Desam Party promised 100 Assembly seats for BCs for ensuring their uplift or for political reasons, they said and found fault with YSR Congress Party honorary president Y.S. Vijayamma for writing letters to other parties on the issue, without announcing the party’s commitment on the matter.

Rather than securing a statutory political quota for BCs, fielding of candidates by each party in different constituencies would serve no purpose, the Lok Satta leaders maintained. If all the contesting candidates were BCs in select constituencies, victory of any of the BC candidates would be ensured and all the political parties should strive for it, they suggested.