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Techies flock to join Paritrana

THE PURGATORIAL moment has possibly arrived. Leaders of the Paritrana political party, Ajit A Shukla and Amit B Sen, are here at the HBTI Odyssey-2006. The IIT Powai alumni were not let down either. Several students flocked to register themselves with Paritrana.

india Updated: Feb 26, 2006 01:18 IST

THE PURGATORIAL moment has possibly arrived. Leaders of the Paritrana political party, Ajit A Shukla and Amit B Sen, are here at the HBTI Odyssey-2006. The IIT Powai alumni were not let down either. Several students flocked to register themselves with Paritrana.

Talking to the Hindustan Times, Ajit, who belongs to Lucknow and is the party’s vice-prersident, said some ex-IITians floated Paritrana on January 20 last to uplift those living in remote areas of the country.

“We have registered the party with the Election Commission. Our aim is to improve the lives of the poor and for that we need the support of intellectuals. The policies which aims at benefiting the upper crust of the society needs to be reversed,” he said.

On the reason to join active politics, Amit said, “I quit my foreign job and returned home to join the campaign launched by my party workers. We want to change the existing political system in the country.”

Both Amit and Ajit said their party was going to contest elections in Chennai and also plans to put up candidates in the forthcoming Tamil Nadu and Kerala polls.

Overwhelmed at the outstanding support from students of IIT Kanpur and HBTI, the duo said the national working committee of their party comprised five technocrats.

But from where do they get funds to run Paritrana? “It’s being funded by ex-IITians, who live across the world,” the duo said. They are also clear about their decision to launch a new outfit rather than join one of the existing ones. Ajit said, “At present the people don’t have any good option. We want to replace the existing political parties as their policies have failed the nation.”

The two young leaders were upbeat about the future of their party under the guidance of national president Tanmai Rajpurohit.

They said the party would soon shift its headquarters from Jodhpur to New Delhi Rahul Gupta, a second year bio-engineering student at IIT-K, tied the Paritrana band on his arms after joining the party. When asked about his decision, Rahul said, “The country needs drastic changes in the political system.

I joined the party as I can work for the society and still continue with my professional life”.