JP owns responsibility for electoral setback
Lok Satta National President Jayaprakash Narayan today owned 'full responsibility for his party's poor showing in the Lok Sabha and Assembly polls in Andhra Pradesh.
The popular saying that 'success has many fathers but failure is an orphan' is not always correct', he said, addressing a media conference here in the wake of the General Election results in which the Lok Satta drew a blank.
He said although the Loksatta enjoyed considerable respect for its advocacy of new politics, it has not earned people's support in two general elections.
Dr Narayan said despite the electoral setback, the Loksatta is not running away from politics. For the last 18 years, the Loksatta movement, the Foundation for Democratic Reforms and the Loksatta Party have carried on a relentless struggle to change the nature of politics and succeeded in bringing about a number of epoch-making reforms. It has laid the ideological foundation for the change in the political thinking of a number of politicians ranging from Narendra Modi to Arvind Kejriwal.
Yet, the party has not been successful in garnering votes in elections; Dr Narayan conceded and said that a party's success does not depend solely on the competence of its leadership. It requires leaders at all levels, innumerable volunteers who are prepared to spare their time, and financial resources, besides media support. All these will be forthcoming only when society is ready for real change.
(Posted on 18-05-2014)