Bachelors unfit to rule: Lovers? Party

Updated on Apr 23, 2004 11:09 AM IST

Bachelors beware! If the Lovers' Party has its way, singletons like Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Naveen Patnaik and Mamata Banerjee will not only be debarred from entering politics, but also from holding important posts.

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PTI | BySoumyajit Pattnaik, Bhubaneswar

Bachelors beware! If the Lovers' Party has its way, singletons like Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Naveen Patnaik and Mamata Banerjee will not only be debarred from entering politics, but also from holding important posts.

The fate of the only two candidates of the Lovers' Party — one a retired professor and the other a self-styled reformer — will be decided during simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly polls on April 26.

While professor B. Ramachandra is contesting from Bhubaneswar LS seat, 'reformer' John Omprakash is eyeing the Bhubaneswar Assembly seat.

Besides their stand on bachelors in politics, they are criss-crossing Bhuba-neswar to build public opinion against arranged marriages and to highlight the virtues of tying the knot only through love.

During his interaction with a group of youngsters while campaigning on Wednesday, Ramachandra said that the caste system and caste politics would disappear once marriages were held on the basis of pure love and not because of parents' dictates.

Their campaign slogan is: "No love, no marriages."

Ramachandra has this to say about bachelors in politics: "Leaders like Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Naveen Patnaik and Mamata Banerjee should not only be debarred from entering politics, but also from holding important posts. Since these leaders never handled family responsibilities, they should not be trusted to run a country or a state."

The candidates are only targeting "educated people," who they think can be influenced intellectually. Ramachandra told HT: "We are telling educated people to get committed to the path of love, atheism, rationalism and globalisation." Why globalisation? Because "Love knows no borders."

Besides this, the party has addressed other issues in their manifesto. It wants the minimum voting age to be reduced from 18 to 14 and also wants the minimum age for contesting Assembly and Lok Sabha polls to be reduced from 25 to 21.

The party has been allotted the aeroplane symbol but it remains to be seen whether their aeroplane can take off in the current polls. Ramachandra says: "We still hope to win, if not in this election, then in the next".

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