Press Release: August 4, 2019
Speakers from various political parties and peoples organisations unanimously called for a united mass campaign amongst the people to highlight the grave flaws in the existing system of democracy and develop an alternative in which the people are truly empowered. They were participating in a Political Forum organised by the Lok Raj Sangathan today in Delhi under the theme “The 2019 Lok Sabha Elections once again reveal the necessity for renewal of democracy”.
Speakers pointed out that the 2019 General Elections and its results have once again raised questions of a fundamental nature regarding whose will has been expressed through these elections. They raised questions regarding the role of Election Commission and other institutions of the state, of money power, the monopoly controlled electronic media, social media, the open instigation of communal hatred and violence, criminalization of politics, interference of US imperialism etc. in bringing about these results in the Lok Sabha elections.
Speakers raised the important issue of how political parties who come to power have become a law unto themselves, and are not accountable to the people. They raised the issue of need for reforms in the system of elections.
They emphsised the necessity for the thoroughgoing renewal of democracy so that people can become the decision makers.
The resolution adopted at the end of the meeting said: “The Lok Sabha elections reveal the complete marginalization of the people and their concerns. The ruling class has imposed an anti people, anti social and anti national government on our people through the recent elections.”
It further said: “There is urgent need to mobilise the broadest sections of our people around the program of renewal of democracy with the aim of empowering the people . This Political Forum resolves to launch a mass campaign to expose the limitations of the party dominated system of representative democracy.”
It concluded by calling upon “all organisations committed to people’s rights and wellbeing to unitedly work for empowering the people.” It announced that as part of this campaign for people’s empowerment, another meeting will be organised on September 22, 2019 in Delhi.
Shri S Raghavan, President of the Lok Raj Sangathan, made the inaugural address at the meeting. Sucharita summed up the discussion. Those who spoke included: Paranjoy Guha Thakurta, Com Anurag Saxena , Communist Party of India (Marxist); Com Prakash Rao, Communist Ghadar Party of India; RS Dagar, RSP; Com KK Singh, Jan Paksh; Adv Aslam, Pranav, All India Workers Council; Com Sheomangal Sidhantkar, and Dr Omkar Nath Katiyar.