‘Future belongs to Lok Satta’

Special Correspondent

State emerging as epicentre for transformational politics in country: Jayaprakash Narayan

HYDERABAD: The peaceful revolution witnessed in 2009 elections where people chose to vote for Lok Satta, vexed with mainstream parties, will pave the way for the State emerging as the epicentre for transformational politics in the country, Lok Satta president Jayaprakash Narayan has said.

Addressing mediapersons here on Thursday, he said that in stark contrast to all the mainstream parties including the old and the new, Lok Satta candidates and campaigners upheld the true spirit of democracy in not only standing up to the hostile environment but also by not resorting to money and liquor distribution.

‘Politics will change’

Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan predicted that in five years, Indian politics would change for good, as people discovered their strength and realised that they were the masters of their destiny and not the parties and their candidates.

The future belonged to the Lok Satta, he added.

He said that Lok Satta had to reckon with tremendous resource constraints and also the elections brought to light surrogate and concealed advertising with contestants and their parties ‘buying advertisement space and distorting news’.

This menace of epidemic proportions had elbowed out honest politics altogether and parties like Lok Satta were sought to be marginalised.

But due to the support of ordinary people, Lok Satta stood tall and proud with its credibility enhanced, he said.

Plea to EC

He appealed to the Election Commission of India to immediately take into account the money spent by contestants through surrogate advertising and add it to their election expenditure and the guilty, who exceeded the limits and did not reveal it, should be disqualified from present and future elections.He also appealed to the media to introspect whether it was not subverting democracy by promoting surrogate advertising.

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