In an effort to ensure accountability, India Against Corruption (IAC), a citizens’ movement, has launched a campaign to make all electoral candidates in the upcoming civic polls sign advance resignation letters if they fail to meet their commitments after getting elected.
“Candidates have sworn that they or their family members will not contest elections for seven years if they fail to fulfil their promises after getting elected,” said IAC coordinator Preeti Sharma Menon.
The IAC held four Jan Sabhas (public meetings) at four different locations in the city on Thursday, wherein all candidates of the local wards were invited to a discussion with
citizens. The contestants were asked to submit all the details they have shared with the ward office and asked to share their opinions and promises on the pressing issues faced by the ward in particular and the city at large.
The meetings were held in Andheri, Malad, Santacruz and Dharavi. “Nineteen candidates from different political parties signed the advance resignation letters on February 9. We expect 10 to 15 more to sign such letters in the meetings being held now,” said Menon. She said the move corresponds with the IAC’s mission of making the government representatives answerable to the people.
The IAC worked closely with anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare, and organised his hunger strike and rally in Mumbai recently.