In a season of cut and dry political moves based on cold equations,a group of young people are attempting to revive Love Party.
The forum was floated by professor Matuknath Chaudhary of Patna,a middle-aged professor who shot into the limelight for his relationship with a student half his age in 2006. He was stood for the 2009 Lok Sabha elections from Patna Sahib.
Santosh Kumar Suman,state general secretary of Love Party,said that the forum was constituted 2009 on Valentines Day. It was at the same Park (Chandra Shekhar Azad Park) that we had formed this forum. Now,we have applied to the Election Commission seeking registration as a political party and have requested dil (heart) as the election symbol, he said.
Whether they win a seat,or for that matter,get the election symbol of their choice is anybodys guess,but their promises for lovers and their families are not small. Sample a few: Rs 10,000 for a couple who registers themselves with the party with a genuine complaint of harassment by their families or community members; opening love parks in every village; and providing physical and legal protection to couples who face the risk of being killed. They will strongly oppose the diktats of khap panchayats.
It has not been an active organisation for some time, said Pushp Raj Singh Yadav,state president of the party. Apparently,Yadav alone seems to have some political experience on this forum. He said he was a member of Mulayam Singh Youth Brigade but left it after being sidelined despite hard work. Suman used to run a nursery school in Handia and left the job since he joined the party.
A probable candidate,Richa Srivastava said she wanted to contest from Meja Assembly constituency. A few months ago,she used to teach in a school in Haryana,while her husband Ritesh Pandey worked in a private company in Delhi. The couple,with a kid,said they had to resort to court marriage after their families opposed the inter-caste marriage. I want the people to understand the need for love in every aspect of their lives. We are all scurrying for materialistic things but are missing out on love between ourselves, she said.
A few youngsters,mostly fresh out of college,also lined up at Chandrashekhar Azad Park,where the first meeting of the party took place here on Saturday,hoping to get a ticket from one of the 12 constituencies in the city.
Suman added that they had been in touch with Matuknath for quite some time. Currently he has gone abroad. He will return on January 20, he said.
Yadav said that once the partys official status,symbol and candidates are in place,Matuknath will come to Uttar Pradesh for campaigning.