Atiq Khan

War Veterans' Party in fray to safeguard their interests

  • Newly formed War Veterans' Party to contest polls
  • Will guard the interests of ex-servicemen

    LUCKNOW: This promises to be a unique experiment in the political badlands of Uttar Pradesh where caste and religion coupled with an overdose of money and muscle power play a pivotal role in deciding the outcome of elections.

    The one-month-old War Veterans' Party (WVP) of retired military personnel and upright civilians has decided to blow the whistle in the run-up to the forthcoming Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections by fielding candidates irrespective of their caste, creed, race and religion.

    A platform for ex-servicemen

    In a nutshell, the WVP endeavours to provide a political platform to ex-Servicemen for playing a "crucial" role in public life. The WVP does not have a readymade list of the candidates since, according to its Public Relations Officer, Commander Ashok Kumar Srivastava, the party is in its teething stages.

    In fact, the WVP will issue advertisements in leading newspapers in the next couple of days calling upon interested candidates to join the party for contesting the polls -- and will wait for the response.

    Since the nominations for the first three phases of the Assembly elections are over and the notification for filing nominations for the fourth phase was issued on Wednesday, the nascent party aims to contest the fifth, sixth and seventh rounds of the polls.

    Unfazed

    Office-bearers of the party who were in Lucknow on Wednesday were unfazed at the prospect of the proposed WVP ads which seemed like the ones relating to army recruitment drive, drawing no response from the target audience. "No problem, we will go to other places like Maharashtra. As it were, we were called to Lucknow to search for the prospect of contesting the elections in UP," said Capt. Lawrence Nathaniel, convenor of the party.