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Wanted: candidates to contest polls

Prafulla Das

The Bharatiya Manavata Vikas Party has advertised in newspapers inviting professionals and social activists to attend walk-in interviews to become its candidates.

BHUBANESWAR

Are you bored with the mainstream political parties? If so, here is a party that promises to be different — its poll plank includes a bicycle to all families living below the poverty line and replacement of urban slums by two-bedroom flats.

In its manifesto that covers issues such as health, education and employment, the Bharatiya Manavata Vikas Party has promised that if it is voted to power, there won't be a single family living below the poverty line in the State. More than 47 per cent of the families in the State live below the poverty line at present.

The party, which is contesting an election for the first time, has chosen Orissa as the first State to launch its political activities. It is planning to contest from all the 147 Assembly constituencies and 21 Lok Sabha seats in the State.

We are not here with political ambitions of ruling a State for the sake of making money. "Instead, we are here as missionaries of development,'' says M.K. Chaudhuri, president of the party.

"Our commitments under the Manav Seva Kendras were not being met due to political pressures. Our wish to sustain our social activities has forced us to get into politics. We also believe that if we can bring about a significant social change in Orissa, which is considered one of the poorest States in the country, then we believe we can bring about a similar change in India, tomorrow,'' says Dr. Chaudhuri, who is also the founder Director of the Indian Institute of Planning and Management.

The party was formed in 2001 after the Manav Seva Kendras run by Dr. Chaudhuri in rural areas of Orissa and West Bengal faced various administrative roadblocks.

In its nine-point election manifesto, the party promises to make available 40 kg of rice at Rs. 2 per kg for five-member families below the poverty line.

The party has also promised to provide work for a minimum of two family members for at least 250 days a year and Rs. 150 per month to each unemployed person. The duration of work would be six hours a day. It has also promised insurance cover for untimely death of earning family members and free medical treatment, inclusive of surgery, for all.

The party has advocated free education up to Class X and free higher education if admitted on merit for engineering, medical, management and other courses. Further, the party says it will increase the number of judges by a factor of 10, so that cases are decided within 10 months to a year. Besides, the party has promised electricity, drinking water, sanitation and roads.

The party, however, has not released the names of its candidates so far. It had earlier taken out advertisements in various newspapers in the State inviting professionals and social activists to attend walk-in interviews to become its candidates in the coming polls. The candidate selection process is still on, Dr. Chaudhuri says.

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