The following common press release (with minor changes) was issued in Bengaluru on 8 August 2016 and Hyderabad on 9 August 2016, as part of the press conferences held in these cities.
Swarna Bharat Party, India’s only liberal party, has arrived
On 8 August 2016, Swarna Bharat Party held a press conference at the Bangalore Press Club. The conference was attended by the Party President, Mr. Vishal Singh and senior leaders Cdr. BB Khilari (retd.) and Mr. Sanjeev Sabhlok, IAS (resigned).
On 9 August 2016, Swarna Bharat Party held a press conference at the Hyderabad Press Club. The conference was attended by the party’s national Joint Secretary, Mr. Madhusudhan K., and senior leaders Rahul Pandit (spokesperson) and Mr. Sanjeev Sabhlok, IAS (resigned).
The party informed the press that it is India’s only liberal political party. It announced that its platform is now available to the people of Karnataka.
The chair of the conference then explained how SBP is entirely different from all other political parties.
To set the context, he recalled that India was the richest country in the world for 12 out of the past 20 centuries and second richest for six out of the remaining eight. Even 65 years ago, India was in as good or better economic condition than many other countries such as South Korea and Singapore.
Then something happened. Our political parties took us down the socialist path, while these other countries chose the path of freedom of occupation and trade. Today, countries that chose the path of freedom are 10 to 20 times richer than us. Moreover, some of these countries have overtaken the richest countries of the West.
Instead, our socialistic political parties created a governance system that is guaranteed to fail. As a result, every public service has failed. Life has become hell in India.
SBP’s manifesto is based on 35 years of experience including 20 years of research and consultation with thousands of Indians. Mr Sanjeev Sabhlok, one of SBP’s key founders, served in the IAS for 18 years, took a doctorate in economics from the USA and after resignation 15 years ago has been advising on economic policy in the Victorian State Government in Australia. His analysis has shown that India’s systems are fundamentally flawed.
For example, Indian politicians spend crores of rupees on elections but there is no system to compensate them for this cost. As a result, only the criminals and the corrupt are able to enter politics today. But this need not be so. Some developed countries fund a pre-determined amount to each candidate for each vote received. We need a similar system of state funding of elections so that good candidates are able to step forward and contest elections.
Further, we give a 35-year tenure to public servants and protection under Article 311 of the Constitution. In many parts of the developed world, senior officials are on a performance based contract. They are paid for delivery of results, else they are dismissed. But in India there is no accountability. Would we ever pay a personal servant for doing nothing? Why should our government servants be paid for doing nothing?
Finally, socialist parties have imposed innumerable obstacles on Indians to stop them from producing, trading, and speaking. And they have taxed those who produce very heavily. So the Indian governance system inevitably leads to corruption.
SBP believes that only a free society can produce the best results. SBP believes that the government – which is our servant – should focus on key functions such as defence, law and order and justice. It must ensure infrastructure and equal opportunity, including direct support for the poor. And the government, as our servant, must not interfere in our freedom of occupation and speech.
Registered in mid-2014, SBP is now ready to transform India. The last such effort was by Rajaji’s Swatantra Party, which was formed in 1959. That party got 44 seats in Parliament in 1967 but unfortunately, dissolved in 1973. SBP is not only taking that effort forward in a big way, it is doing so through what is arguably the best manifesto amongst all political parties in the world.
We invite all Indians to read and understand our platform. As Einstein said, ‘The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results’. India desperately needs to change its governance system, and only SBP knows how to do so without causing disruption.
SBP is a national party from its very inception. Our agenda is offered to the whole of India. Work has started in Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Rajasthan. Work is starting in Telangana, Karnataka, Jharkhand and Delhi. We will contest elections wherever possible.
We invite everyone to join this platform and lead the India to freedom. SBP is the only party that can make India a sone ki chidiya again, the world’s leader in every possible way.
Notes for Editors
SBP is India’s only liberal party,committed to defending liberty and promoting prosperity.
Vishal Singh, President (Bengaluru), President, +91 9920613669
Madhusudhan K. (Hyderabad), Joint Secretary, +91 9676914719
Sanjay Sonawani (Pune), Spokesperson, +91 9860991205
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