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Sunday, 12 February 2012

Media Release: Lok Satta Party, Maharashtra, welcomes two Independent Citizen Candidates in to Party as Executive Members and Endorses their candidature from Mumbai (BMC) Ward 63 (Juhu) and Thane (TMC) Ward 2-B(Brahmand/Hiranadani).


Media Release: Lok Satta Party, Maharashtra, welcomes two Independent Citizen Candidates in to Party as Executive Members and Endorses their candidature from Mumbai (BMC) Ward 63 (Juhu) and Thane (TMC) Ward 2-B(Brahmand/Hiranadani).


Media Release
                                            (Mumbai, 11/02/2012)
 

Lok Satta Party, Maharashtra, welcomes two Independent Citizen Candidates in to Party as Executive Members and Endorses their candidature from Mumbai (BMC) Ward 63 (Juhu) and Thane (TMC) Ward 2-B(Brahmand/Hiranadani).
 
ALL ARE WELCOME TO JOIN LOK SATTA, a citizen party AND CHANGE POLITICS - Surendra Srivastava, President, Maharashtra State and National General Secretary of Lok Satta Party 
 
Welcoming Shri Vijay Thakre (for BMC - Ward - 63) and Shri C.N. Shetty(for TMC - Ward 2-B), "Independents Citizen Candidates" as executive members of the party, Mr. Surendra Srivastava President, Maharashtra State and National General Secretary of Lok Satta Party said that the message of citizen empowered local governance in the wards, being carried by Lok Satta Party (LSP) is receiving an overwhelming response from the citizens of Mumbai.
 
He was addressing Party's Mumbai and Thane campaign Coordination Meeting yesterday. This is reflected in the fact that two Independent candidates, Shri Vijay Thakre and Shri C.N. Shetty are aligned with LSP's ideology and 10 Guarantees to Mumbaikar's and Thanekar's and have become its executive members subsequent to the filing of their nominations for their respective wards. In view of this and after completing the internal process and obtaining approvals of LSP's "Independent Elections Authority", Lok satta Party has decided to endorse both these candidates and appeals to the voters in these wards to support them and become the part of citizen movement for political and governance reforms in India starting from their own wards.
 
He also announced that the party was prepared to work with all who would like to rid politics of corruption and dynastic influences and make it an instrument for serving the public. The Lok Satta craved neither for power nor for money and did not suffer from the illusion that it alone could change the country's political landscape, Mr. Surendra Srivastava told LSP leaders present at the meet here.

Dr. Kedar Diwan, President of Lok Satta Party, Mumbai on the occasion said that Lok Satta has been at the forefront of local governance reforms that seeks to transfer a significant degree of power directly in the hands of local citizens through Ward Committees and Ward Areas Sabhas. For several years LSP has been one of the leading organizations involved in the campaign that led to the approval of the Model Nagar Raj Bill by the Central Government. However the Maharashtra govt has been tardy in the implementation and the State version of the Bill as its stands today has several major lacunae. Lok Satta, in its ten Guarantees, has placed the implementation of the Model Nagar Bill as the central focus.
 
Ms. Nivedita Sawant, President of Lok Satta Party, Thane remarked at the meet that joining of independents citizen candidates in the party shows the depth of its ideology, reforms agenda and most important democratic, ethical functioning & transparent funding mechanism.
 
Shri Vijay Thakre,  remarked that the Juhu ward 63 with significant backing from Lok Satta in 2007, had shown the first success of the 'citizen candidate” concept with a "Functioning Ward Committee" with elected Area Sabha Representatives. With the need to scale this model, he said that Lok Satta, as the political party of citizens, was in the best position to scale the model to many wards and had hence he signed up to become its member.

Shri C.N Shetty from Thane Ward 2-B, being completely convinced about reforms agenda and ideology of Lok Satta Party has also signed up as its member. He said on the occasion that he strongly felt that the implementation of the Model Nagar Raj Bill is an urgent need for Thanes wards. TMC has a different model compared to BMC. Each ward has a panel of 2 corporators – 1 Male and 1 Female. Lok Satta already has a female candidate, the 24 year old High court Advocate Ankita Verma, for Thane Ward 2-A. Mr. Shetty hence felt that the implementation of the Ward Committee and Area Sabhas would become much easier and benefit to the citizens of ward 2 directly.
 
Amongst others who were present at the meet were senior leaders of LSP, Mumbai and Thane, Shri Mustan Tambawala, Shri Olvin Balid, Ms. Ruchira Verma, Mr. Suresh Nandawat, Mr. Ram Ramdas.

For more details, please contact Lok Satta Party, Mumbai - Spokesperson Dr. Ram Ramdas on 0 982 0538 685 OR General Secretary, Thane Unit Shri Olvin Balid on 0 989 2515 259.

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Regards,

Surendra Srivastava
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Tel: +91 22 2377 2279 Email: surendra@loksatta.org.in
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