‘We will contest BBMP polls in a fair manner'

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for clean politics:Lok Satta candidates taking oath in Bangalore on Thursday.
for clean politics:Lok Satta candidates taking oath in Bangalore on Thursday.

Staff Reporter

Six Lok Satta candidates to come out with their own manifestoes

Bangalore: “I will not resort to measures that are unfair, unconstitutional and undemocratic. I will not attempt to unduly influence voters, especially by distributing money or liquor. I will contest the election in a fair manner, befitting the spirit of Constitution…”

Six candidates, who are contesting the elections to the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) council from Lok Satta Party, took this oath in front of the Mahatma Gandhi statue here on Thursday. The six candidates are expected to file their nomination papers soon.

The party's candidates are: Meenakshi Bharath (Aramane Nagar, ward no. 35), N.S. Ramakanth (Vasanth Nagar, ward no. 93), Prakash Belawadi (Sunkenahalli, ward no. 142), Hariharan Chandra Shekhar (Lakkasandra, ward no. 146), C.N. Kumar (Basavanagudi, ward no. 154) and Shankar Prasad (Rajarajeshwarinagar, ward no. 160). The profile of the party's candidates — a doctor, a playwright, a conservation architect, an RTI campaigner, a technology professional and a leading figure in the resident welfare movement — is clear indication that there is space for progressive politics by informed and educated candidates in the city elections.

“We all know that a major cause for corruption in the system is excess expenditure in the election itself. There is then pressure on candidates to recover the money spent after the election. If we eliminate high spending during elections, this vicious cycle can be broken,” said Dr. Shankar Prasad.

As per the party manifesto, each contestant would let the citizens decide on priority list of work to be taken up in the ward, revival of urban common spaces by keeping a few streets free of vehicular movement, ensure citizens segregate garbage, compost and link dry waste to markets, track the performance of every government school and every public medical facility, start a comprehensive water harvesting programme, build eco-toilets, and create jobs and train the youth.

Dr. Bharath said that the party's candidates will all declare their assets annually, which would help bring in transparency. “We all have also resolved to discuss all projects and allocation with the public. Work would be taken up only after a consensus has been reached,” she said.

The candidates, who have all begun campaigning in their respective wards, have also brought out their individual manifestos. After the oath taking, three candidates proceeded to the respective area offices to file nominations along with their supporters.




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