Shimla: Founded by IITian alumni’s and other professionals, Lok Paritran, a political party, is out to make a statement in Himachal elections that politics is too serious a responsibility to be reposed in the hands of dropouts and incompetent people.
Talking to the media Chandrashekhar, national secretary Lok Paritran said politics has been a neglected field and we have set out to provide an alternative to the people. â€œOur model of politics is against money power for electoral gains and we are attempting to cleanse the system of it,â€ he said.
Introducing the party in the hill state is the immediate objective of the party and they hope to put up about 20 candidates for the ensuing election. â€œWe are inviting online applications through our website http://www.lokparitran.org ,â€ said Chandrashekhar adding that depending upon the response and the quality of candidates only will the party contest a particular seat. â€œEducational qualification of the candidate and no criminal background are an essential criteria for candidate selection,â€ he added.
â€œThe main issue of the party is going to focus on transparency and accountability in the system. Improved infrastructure, especially a better transport system is part of our agenda, he said.
We may not win a single seat but our aim is to provide an alternative to the people as low poll turnouts indicate that people are losing faith in democracy, he said. The party secretary claimed that by making a foray into electoral politics with the 2006 Tamilnaidu state elections, whereever the Lok Paritran put up a candidate, the voter turned out had shown marked improvement. â€œIn Tamilnadu, we contested on 7 seats and secured 40,000 votes which was more than BSP and BJP in those seats,â€ he claimed.
He said that the party had already established its presence in Rajasthan, Tamilnadu, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Maharashtra and Gujarat. The party also intended to put up candidates in the Gujarat elections, he said.