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This B-school graduate is safe from meltdown, is into politics

Surya Prakash Loonker is one of the two candidates contesting the Delhi polls. He will take on BJP's chief ministerial candidate VK Malhotra from Greater Kailash assembly segment, reports Neelam Pandey. See full coverage.

delhi Updated: Nov 17, 2008 00:01 IST
Neelam Pandey

Armed with degrees from top management and technology institutes in India and abroad, these young professionals are not eyeing the top jobs in the corporate world. They are contesting the Delhi assembly elections.

This move, they claim, is not triggered by the global economic meltdown. “I have a safe job as a consultant. But on the side, I was involved in the social sector. After years of being a part-time social worker and a full-time management consultant, I realised that I need to get into policymaking to make some difference. So, I am trying out politics,” said 33-year-old Surya Prakash Loonker, a management graduate from Iowa State University, USA.

After testing waters in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections last year and garnering up to 3.5 per cent votes in many seats, Loonker's Bharat Punarnirman Dal, a political party founded by a group of graduates from IITs and other technology institutes, has decided to contest the Delhi Assembly elections.

Loonker is one of the two candidates contesting the Delhi polls. He will take on BJP's chief ministerial candidate VK Malhotra from Greater Kailash assembly segment.

The party that was founded two years back has got tremendous response from the youth, which can be gauged from the fact that several blogging sites have been discussing their activities on the net. “Many of our party members are members of several social networking sites and they have been spreading news about the party's activities through such sites. For instance, Orkut has a community of our party where members exchange views from time to time,” said Sanjeev Yadav (29), a founding members of the party who did his BTech from IIT Roorkee.

The party is primarily funded by the students of IITs, other universities and programmes that they conduct. “Our agenda for the elections is very simple. We are against caste-based reservations. We want more and more young, educated and qualified youth to enter politics,” said Yadav.

The party has also launched its official website www.bpd.org.in. “This is our way of reaching out to the people and keeping them informed. Anyone interested in joining the party can simply register online,” said 28-year-old Ajit Ashwalayan Shukla, president of the party, and a graduate from IIT-Powai.