Lok Satta

Tuesday, 04 October 2011 01:32

Lok Satta Party's Call for a Mumbai's Wide Citizen's Movement(s) and Activist (s) to bring Clean Politics and Governance to BMC 2012 Elections

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LOK SATTA PARTY, A CITIZEN'S POLITICAL PARTY OF CLEAN, HONEST PEOPLE AND DRIVEN BY CLARITY OF PURPOSE AND VISION, CALLS CITIZENS OF MUMBAI TO CHANGE GOVERNANCE IN BMC, ROOT OUT CORRUPTION AND MAKE THE CITY A BETTER PLACE FOR ALL TO LIVE. THIS IS A CITY WIDE CITIZEN'S MOVEMENT AND WE ASK ALL RESPONSIBLE CITIZENS TO JOIN THE MOVEMENT AND MAKE THE DIFFERENCE TO THE DAY TO DAY LIVES OF MUMBAIKARS.

The party will contest on the plank of providing corruption free good governance with citizens' participation and ushering in a new political culture. While making this Call for Action, Dr. Ram Ramdas, spokesperson of the Mumbai Unit of the party, said in a media statement that the Lok Satta Party intends to field candidates for all the 227 BMC corporator seats in Mumbai municipal elections scheduled for Jan/Feb 2012. Lok Satta Party has already launched an on-line campaign "MUMBAI, AB BAS" for soliciting candidates from Mumbai Citizenry on the plank that you cannot "HATE POLITICS but LOVE DEMOCRACY".

Dr. Kedar Diwan, Party President in Mumbai, Mr. Mustan Tamabawala, General Secretary of Mumbai Unit and Ms. Ruchira Verma, Mahila Satta Leader and Working Committee Member of the Mumbai unit, are screening prospective candidates.

After the internal screening of the party, the nomination forms filed by each prospective candidates will be submitted to Lok Satta Party Mumbai's "INDEPENDENT ELECTION AUTHORITY" for their consideration and confirmation that the aspiring candidates do not have any reason to be disqualified from getting the party ticket for BMC elections. It is possible that authority may invite ticket seekers as well as their supporters and opponents or talk to them for certain clarifications.

Dr. Ramdas confirmed that Party's Independent Election authority is chaired by Justice B.N Srikrishna, a respected Former Supreme Court Judge and others members being Advocate Anant Shende, a reputed Arbitration Lawyer and Dr. A. L. Sharada, executive director of NGO "Population First", who also acts as Secretary General of the Independent Election Authority. Dr Ramdas further clarified that none of the members of the authority are members of the Party to maintain its independence.

Dr. Ramdas further clarified that if there are two or more members desirous to be party candidate, the candidate would be elected by a secret ballot by all the executive members of the respective wards. Such election will be conducted and supervised by the Independent election Authority. He added that, that Lok Satta Party has been consistently setting the benchmarks for inner party grassroots democracy and has established best practices for a new political culture, that is diametrically opposite to the currently entrenched political system of dynasty, money bags, muscle power and divisive, populist vote bank politics. He recalled that the Lok Satta Party had polled lakhs of votes in entire Andhra Pradesh, Bangalore and in Tamil Nadu in prior Assembly and Municipal elections.

Dr. Ramdas further confirmed that Lok Satta party's Mumbai unit has created a "Vision Mumbai" Document in collaboration with various stakeholders, which will be put in the public domain shortly.

This further establishes the party's philosophy of seeking the mandate of the people on agenda driven corruption free good governance. Lok Satta Party will also demand from other political parties to commit to the citizens of Mumbai that they will not buy votes, distribute money & liquor, will not give tickets to the criminals and that they will not indulge in dynastic and vote bank politics.

The party will also push for a Directly Elected Empowered Mayor, 227 Ward Committees (Urban Equivalent of Gram Panchayat) and 9000 Area Sabhas (Urban Equivalent of Gram Sabhas) as local self governance platforms for citizen’s participation and accountability of civic officials towards citizens of Mumbai.