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Activists of the Pyramid Party in Visakhapatnam.
Activists of the Pyramid Party in Visakhapatnam.

K. Srinivas Reddy

The party believes in Socrates’ dictum that a philosopher should be the ruler

When every political party is trying to convince people to vote for its candidates, here is a party that is campaigning to elect only those who are enlightened and righteous.

Setting a spiritual agenda, the Pyramid Party of India (PPOI) is fielding candidates in 200 Assembly and 36 Parliamentary constituencies in Andhra Pradesh.

The party’s plea is that people should elect only vegetarians and those who meditate. “When we go out to campaign, we do not seek votes for us. We enlighten people to meditate first and then choose their leaders,” says Pradeep Anirudh, contesting from the Sanathnagar Assembly constituency.

The Pyramid Party firmly believes in Socrates’ dictum that people’s troubles will end only when a philosopher becomes the ruler. And if those who have attained self-realisation do not contest polls, how will people choose the right candidates? Hence the Pyramid societies, which teach meditation, have chosen those who meditate to contest the polls, says the party manifesto.

With the sole aim of “transforming everyone into becoming enlightened, vegetarians, peace loving in the current life time,” the party contested in 50 constituencies in 1999 and “got hundreds of votes per constituency.” In 2004, it contested nearly a 100 seats and got “thousands of votes.”

This time the party is contesting in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. The party has sought the TV as its symbol, which it got in the last two elections.


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