Lok Satta Party

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Lok Satta Party
లోక్ సత్తా పార్టీ
Leader Jayaprakash Narayan
Founder Jayaprakash Narayan
Founded October 2, 2006
Preceded by Lok Satta (NGO)
Headquarters H.No: 8-2-674B/2/9, Road No: 13A, Banjara Hills
Hyderabad- 500034
Newspaper Lok Satta Times
Youth wing Yuva Satta
Women's wing Mahila Satta
Ideology Conservative liberalism
Political position Center-right
International affiliation People For Lok Satta
Colours Blue & Red
ECI Status Unrecognized Political Party[1]
Seats in Lok Sabha
0 / 545
Seats in Rajya Sabha
0 / 245
Seats in Legislative Assembly
0 / 294
Website
www.LokSatta.org
Politics of India
Political parties
Elections


Lok Satta is a political party in India, founded by Jayaprakash Narayan, a former I.A.S. officer and renowned activist from Andhra Pradesh.[2] Since 1996, the Lok Satta Movement functioned as a non-governmental organization, but on 2 October 2006, the movement was reorganized into a formal political party.[3] The party intends to further the causes of the Lok Satta Movement, including a reduction in the size of the cabinet, promotion of the Right to Information Act, and disclosure of criminal records and assets by political candidates. Beginning with the 2009 elections the party has adopted a whistle as their official symbol.[4]

History[edit]

Main article: Lok Satta Movement

Lok Satta started as a citizen movement, Lok Satta Andolana or Lok Satta Movement, in Andhra Pradesh and later spread across the country, including Mumbai, with the Vote JUHU [5] and Vote Mumbai campaigns. It also played a major role in the Jaago Re! One Billion Votes. The Lok Satta organization worked on bringing about several political reforms by working with other civic organizations. Lok Satta Party was founded with the realization that entering into politics is the only option to bring about fundamental changes in the system and a new political culture.[citation needed] It grew rapidly, amassing over 30,000 members in the Greater Hyderabad region and over 60,000 members in Andhra Pradesh before it became a political party.

Lok Satta Party is now present in several other Indian states, including Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, and Maharashtra.

Leadership[edit]

The party's founder and National President is Jayaprakash Narayan, a former doctor who was an IAS officer in the 1980s from Andhra Pradesh. Narayan resigned from the IAS in 1996 to found the Lok Satta Movement, and the political party in 2006.

National Steering Committee[edit]

National Steering Committee is the highest body of Lok Satta Party. It is a subset of the National Council of the party.

Leader Role
Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan National President
Surendra Srivastava National General Secretary
MBNVV Prasad National General Secretary
Dr. Ashwin Mahesh State President - Karnataka
Katari Sreenivas Rao State President - Andhra Pradesh
Dr. Kedar Diwan State President - Maharashtra
Palanikumar A State President of Tamil Nadu
Dilip Sankarreddy Nominated representative of People For Lok Satta
Sandeep Verma Invited representative of Uttar Pradesh
Amol Ratna Spokesperson - Uttar Pradesh

Other prominent members of the party include D. V. V. S. Varma from Andhra Pradesh and Jagadheeswaran D, the State President of Tamil Nadu.[citation needed]

Ideology[edit]

The political goals of Lok Satta include political, economic, and social equality for all people, making citizens the centre of governance, and to reform the government to make it less corrupt and more accessible and responsible to the people.[6]

Symbols[edit]

The Party flag also serves as the Party logo.[7][7] The dark blue colour symbolizes the vastness, depth and inclusive nature of the ocean.[7] The white colour of the circle stands for purity. The colour symbolizes unity of purpose and action.[7] The five-pointed blue star signifies the party's course and the five corners of the star stand for the five pillars of a true democracy:[7]

  • Liberty
  • Self-governance
  • Citizen empowerment
  • Rule of law
  • Self-correcting institutions.[7]

Achievements[edit]

Although Loksatta is anti-corruption, it does not consider traditional parties untouchable and has worked with both the NDA and the UPA over the years. This political engagement drove the reform agenda of the country for over fifteen years. Some of the important contributions of Loksatta are in following reforms:

  • Disclosure of criminal antecedents of candidates, which finally led to the candidate disclosure law in 2003.
  • Improvement in voter registration after years of struggle and relentless pursuit.
  • Political funding law in the wake of Tehelka scam.
  • Strengthening the anti-defection provisions.
  • Limiting the size of the Cabinet.
  • Right to Information Act
  • Local Courts law enacted in 2009.
  • Autonomy of cooperatives through the 97th Constitutional amendment.
  • A sound Lokpal Legislation.

A few more reforms are in the pipeline.

  • Law on judicial standards and accountability.
  • 120th amendment on National Judicial Appointments Commission.
  • Service guarantee law providing for citizen’s chargers with penalties.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of Political Parties and Election Symbols main Notification Dated 18.01.2013". India: Election Commission of India. 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Lok Satta sees silent revolution". The Hindu. 3 April 2009. 
  3. ^ "Jayaprakash Narayan launches Lok Satta". The Times of India. 2 October 2006. Retrieved 2 October 2006. 
  4. ^ "Lok Satta releases fourth list". The Hindu. 28 March 2009. 
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ "About Lok Satta Party". LokSatta Official website. 4 February 2009. Retrieved August 23, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f http://www.loksatta.org/cms/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=93&Itemid=80

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