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Vote Online in Lok Satta Party Internal Elections

All LSP members who are living outside Andhra Pradesh can now participate in LSP's historic internal elections process.

If you have registered yourself as a member at, then you can cast your vote! All you need to do is send an email to ID clearly choosing your 1st, 2nd and 3rd preferences for the Party State President office. The contesting candidates are: Ms. Akula Maharani, DVVS Varma and Dr. N. Jayaprakash Narayan. A copy of the ballot paper is given here.

Note: your vote emailed to us will be counted only after the Electoral Authority verifies the genuineness of your vote and membership. So, please do not forget to mention your name, complete contact details and LSP membership related information in your email-vote! (You can register as a member by visiting

Friday, January 2, 2009 - 12:31

Retd. Kerala DGP joins Lok Satta

Mr. Upendra Varma, retired IPS officer of the rank of Director General of Police, Kerala, today joined the Lok Satta Party in the presence of party President Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan.

A Master of Arts in Political Science and Master of Business Administration, Mr. Varma joined the IPS in 1971 and retired in October 2008 as Director, Institute of Management in Government Kerala.

During his 17 years of service in Kerala, he served as Director General, Vigilance, and Anti Corruption Bureau. On deputation to Delhi for about 17 years, he had served as Assistant Director in the Enforcement Directorate and Joint Secretary in the Cabinet Secretariat.

Mr. Varma has come forward to invest his time and effort in strengthening the Lok Satta Party which is striving to usher in new political culture. Lok Satta’s goals are national, and Andhra Pradesh is the starting points for political transformation. Mr. Varma joined the movement in keeping with this spirit. He is also willing to give substantial time to Andhra Pradesh in the run up to 2009 elections.

Lok Satta in deeply committed to one India – one citizenship concept. We need to create an inclusive India giving space and opportunity to all sections, ensuring equal justice to all, and promoting dignity of all citizens. "Reconciliation of all conflicts and contentions harmoniously is a vital pay of this process" Dr. JP said. Lok Satta Party is confident Lok Satta will emerge as a strong national platform to transform our republic and strengthen constitutional values. Sri Varma's leadership and participation are an important milestone in this endeavors.

Thursday, January 1, 2009 - 18:58

Unveil new politics in New Year: Dr. JP

Lok Satta Party President Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan today appealed to the people of Andhra Pradesh to avail of the historic opportunity being presented by the general elections in 2009 to reject politics rooted in dynasties, money and muscle power.

Addressing the media on the occasion of Mrs. Gouthu Jhansi joining the Lok Satta Party after quitting the Praja Rajyam Party, Dr. JP said that the Lok Satta provided a forum to people who were fed up with traditional parties. "Lok Satta politics are policy based and people centered. It has thrown open its gates to people without looking into their pedigree or money power, or their caste and religion. It is the only party which is conducting its organizational elections by secret ballot from the mandal to the State level. The party is fielding young and educated candidates belonging to middle classes to contest the ensuing elections."

Dr. JP recalled that the Lok Satta registered significant victories in many matters on which it had been fighting for many years. They included Parliament passing the Gram Nyayalaya Bill, the Election Commission recognizing post office as a nodal agency for voter registration, and delimitation of constituencies.

Mrs. Gouthu Jhansi said she had quit the Praja Rajyam Party since she was not reconciled to its methods of working. Although it claimed to work for social justice, its actions belied its claims. She described her joining the Lok Satta as a home coming since she had been an admirer of it even before it became a party.

Wednesday, December 31, 2008 - 18:36

Lok Satta welcomes HC decision on road shows

The Lok Satta Party today welcomed the Andhra Pradesh High Court permitting road shows provided they do not inconvenience people.

Party spokesman Katari Srinivasa Rao and Working Committee member N. Ravinder told the media that the Lok Satta has along maintained that political parties cannot violate citizens’ fundamental rights by turning roads meant for free flow of traffic to demonstrate their strength. The party as a matter of principle is also opposed to rasta rokos and bandhs as they abridged people’s freedoms.

The High Court, they said, was right in restricting the number of vehicles, banning roadside speeches, and limiting the processions to one side of the road as essential.

The Lok Satta Party suggested that the Government convene an all-party meeting and hammer out a consensus on the implementation of the High Court directives. The Government should not give scope for allegations of partiality in permitting road shows especially in the election year.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008 - 23:20

Dr. JP faces contest from two others in Lok Satta Party elections

Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan and two others filed their nominations for the position of the Lok Satta Party President here today. The other two challenging the incumbent President Dr. JP are D. V. S. S. Varma, General Secretary and Mrs. Akula Maharani, Greater Hyderabad Mahila Satta President, at present. Mr. Nanidpeta Ravinder, the incumbent, filed his nomination for the post of President, Greater Hyderabad party unit.

All the three submitted their nominations to the Chairman of the Election Authority, Mr. V. Ramachandraiah.

A candidate contesting for the State President’s position should have the support of at least 1000 active members of the party. Dr. JP is backed by 1438, Mr. Varma by 1230 and Mrs. Maharani by 1131 active members from various districts.

December 25 is the last date for filing nominations. The final candidates in the fray will be announced after scrutiny on December 26. The elections to positions in the party at all levels will be conducted during January 4-7 and the results announced on January 9.

Dr. JP appealed to party members to take part in the polling actively, and pledged to work with anybody who is elected. Anybody who becomes a member even on the polling day is eligible to vote.

He recalled that Subhash Chandra Bose had fought against Mahatma Gandhi and won as Congress President in the Haripur Congress and added that post-Independence, parties have shed their democratic culture and become leaders’ pocket boroughs.

Dr. JP said: “In leader or dynasty-centered politics, corruption will have a field day. Internal democracy is essential if ordinary members were to have any say in politics. We are conducting organizational elections, unfazed by the general elections round the corner, because we believe in democratic functioning.”

Saturday, December 27, 2008 - 08:39