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More accountable political set up needed: Govindacharya

K.N. Govindacharya  

Special Correspondent

JAIPUR: Political activist and thinker K.N. Govindacharya on Friday ruled out any immediate plans for returning to mainstream politics. The country needed a more accountable political set up in which the political parties listened more to the opinion of the grass root level worker than their respective high commands, he said. “I am already in politics. Politics does not mean fighting elections alone,” Mr. Govindacharya, who was expelled from the Bharatiya Janata Party a few years back and had been active in the “swadeshi andolan” since then, said.

At present Mr. Govindacharya is the convener of the “Rashtriya Swabhiman Andolan” which talks about a more pro-Bharat, pro-poor, political set up in the country. There was speculation about his political plans after Uma Bharti, former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister and president of the Bharatiya Janshakti Party, in November last offered to step down he if would take over the leadership of the party.

“The post was offered to me but I have not taken it up. I have some moral authority in that party but I am not an office bearer,” Mr. Govindacharya revealed participating in a Meet the Press programmes at the Pink City Press Club here. “In am in favour of a pro Bharat, pro-poor political party. All the leading political parties in the country are pro-rich, pro-minority and pro-foreign powers due to their own electoral compulsions,” he said.

“First I want to set the goal for the country. The role of any person can be decided later,” Mr. Govindacharya, said referring to his efforts to bring together likeminded groups on a common platform at a meeting in Delhi next month. He was all praise for the nascent Loksatta Party, founded by former civil servant, Jaiprakash Narain. “I am attuned to the Bharatiya Lokshakti Party but I give more points to the Loksatta Party,” he said talking on the need for parties to keep the interest of the nation and of the common man ahead of everything.

Mr. Govidacharya used the occasion to clarify his relationship with the Rashtriya Sawaymsevak Sangh of which he had been a “pracharak”(preacher) for a considerable time in the past. “I am not an RSS functionary anymore. The Rashtriya Swabhiman Andolan is not part of the Sangh Parivar. I am an independent social activist,” he said placing his ideology somewhere between those practiced by Mahatma Gandhi and the late RSS chief, Balasaheb Deoras.