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Updated: December 26, 2013 01:11 IST

Talks on for tie-up with AAP: Lok Satta Party

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President of the Lok Satta Party Jayprakash Narayan said negotiations were underway for “collaborating” with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the coming elections to the Lok Sabha, but denied speculations about a merger move.

“Negotiations are underway for collaboration. Such collaboration is necessary in the interest of the country,” Dr. Narayan said in a telephonic conversation on Wednesday. But the Lok Satta would not merge with any party.

Though the Lok Satta Party acknowledged AAP’s “clean politics,” there were still areas of differences, particularly on the economic front, Dr. Narayan said. But, discussions were continuing as “we have to work together.”

AAP spokesperson in Bangalore Rohit Ranjan said his party’s performance in the Delhi elections had generated immense goodwill among the people across the country. Their leader Arvind Kejriwal had given a call to like-minded parties and organisations to join hands with them. He did not rule out the possibility of the Lok Satta Party joining forces with AAP for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

Mr. Ravikrishna Reddy, Lok Satta Party’s working committee member for Karnataka, said there was “no political space” for two like-minded parties like the Lok Satta Party and AAP to contest separately. The Lok Satta Party, which had already entered the poll fray in Karnataka in the recently held Assembly elections by fielding honest candidates, could be an electoral asset for the AAP in the coming Lok Sabha polls.

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If Sri Jayaprakash Narayan attracts some of the clean stalwarts who are
having interest in the NATION I feel Loksatta will get significant

from:  sivasankar rao
Posted on: Dec 28, 2013 at 11:49 IST

AAP and LSP = Swaraj

from:  Sachidanand Manjhi
Posted on: Dec 27, 2013 at 02:58 IST

It would be in the best interest of both the parties, if AAP
concentrates in the Northern India and LokSatta should focus in Southern
India. It would also be important to share the same platform in making
important political announcements if they're serious about

from:  Vivek V
Posted on: Dec 26, 2013 at 22:48 IST

I was in bangalore for job, I heard about loksatt. People who know about loksatta, they want to vote for the party. But there is less awareness about the loksatta. I would like to see the alliance of these parties AAP and Loksatta. Guys please go ahead and make India better, there might be difference in some points of the ideólogy, but as Arvind says, what matters is INTENTION, and I believe both parties have same Intention.

from:  Jeevan
Posted on: Dec 26, 2013 at 17:13 IST

It's a right move and it will be a strong alternative to the traditional politics in the country!

from:  Aruna Pothumudi
Posted on: Dec 26, 2013 at 17:02 IST

It is good if LSP and AAP work together in Andhra Pradesh.

But care should be taken that these parties do not split votes and help a corrupt govt. coming into power.

Eg. in 2009, Chiranjeevi plunged into politics, which created a vast vote split, helped undeserving Congress come into power. Deserving party TDP lost elections badly. As a result, from last 4.5 years, there is no governance in AP. AP is paralysed with hartals, bands, agitations and violence.

If LSP and AAP are working for public interest, then should contest about 50 seats both put together and also support TDP.
Agreed TDP may not meet the criteria of these so called Clean Politics, but we can't deny Chandra Babu, Nitesh, Modi who are good leaders who promoted rapid growth in past 10-15 years.

from:  krishna
Posted on: Dec 26, 2013 at 13:58 IST

This is the time for all anti-corruption forces,not just parties, to come together and fight corrupt politicians.The CLEAN HANDED politicians who are in two main parties and hate corruption have to make deep,serious introspection.If they come to the concluson that they cannot change the ways of two parties, should leave these parties and join one of the parties or movements that fight corruption.Every Indian has a duty to make this country a better place to live, not only for the present generation but the future ones also.With the present scale of corruption,our country will not achieve progress.
The members of the two main parties should not allow re-entry of the corrupt politicians in to their parties,in the false hope of increase winnability of the party.The indian voters are determind to get rid of corrupt politicians. They have better choices now.

from:  Hariharan
Posted on: Dec 26, 2013 at 11:07 IST

It is a very welcome move. Both AAP and Loksatta should join together and to give a new dimension for "Coalition Government". My all the very best.

from:  Guru Prasad P
Posted on: Dec 26, 2013 at 08:19 IST

LoK Satta is a perfect ally for AAP. I have closely followed Lok Satta, they are a honest and hard working party. I actually find them very intellectual and smart in their dealings. Along with political awareness, they take advantage of the legal system when the Govt or some other political party does something illegal, instead of just crying foul

from:  ramesh
Posted on: Dec 26, 2013 at 06:09 IST
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