About 30 civil society groups have come together to urge the political parties to include pro-people programmes in their manifestos and pressure them to implement them, under the banner of Civil Society Forum for Lok Sabha Elections.

Speaking to presspersons here on Thursday, Kathyayini Chamaraj from the Citizens Voluntary Initiative for the City – Bangalore (CIVIC Bangalore), who is also member of the forum, said that a discussion on various pro-people programmes and schemes to be included in the manifestos would be held on Saturday at SCM House, CSI Mission compound, between 10.30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

A communiqué stated that the forum would urge parties to ensure that their respective candidates stick to the expenditure limit fixed by the Election Commission, not to entice voters by distributing money or threaten them, ensure that women and candidates from suppressed sections of society are given priority during ticket distribution. The political parties must also not field candidates with criminal antecedents. The EC must forward the details of assets and liabilities submitted by the candidates to the Income Tax and Enforcement Directorate, which could look into their accounts to ascertain if they hold any illegal properties.