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My party will focus on issue-based politics: Upendra

Published On : 06 Dec 2017   |  Reported By : Courtesy: The Hindu   |  Pic On: Photo credit : The Hindu

Mangaluru, (The Hindu): ‘Real Star’ Upendra, who founded the Karnataka Pragnyavanta Janata Paksha (KPJP), on Tuesday said the party intends to leave a mark with issue and development based politics.

Interacting with reporters here, Mr. Upendra said, “We may win or fail in the 2016 Assembly polls; but we intend to make a different impression.” The party is also scouting for candidates who can bring in a change in the State with their assessment of constituencies and coming out with a viable plan for the same.

The party is likely to come out with the election manifesto by January-end, Mr. Upendra said. The manifesto would be a mix of local micro-level aspirations and broader programmes for the State. While there have been lot of criticism for things that have gone wrong, there is also lack of initiative by stakeholders to set right the wrong; Prajakeeya intends to fill this void, he said.

The menace of politics becoming business due to corruption, could be tackled through free healthcare and education to all, he said, and added that people are forced to become corrupt to provide quality education to children and save up for medical expenses. Prajakeeya would also focus on addressing basic issues of infrastructure — better roads, power and health facilities — Mr. Upendra said.

Simultaneous polls

Responding to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s idea of one-Nation, one-Election concept, Mr. Upendra said a beginning could be made with a one-State, one-Election concept.

Elections should be held simultaneously right from gram panchayat level up to the Legislative Assembly so as to bring in cohesion in administration, he said.

With different sets of political ideologies working at different levels, development has taken a backseat, he remarked.

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