Swatantra Bharat Party

National Press Release – to be released across India
6 December 2017 – for immediate release [Word version]

Mr Rahul Pandit, Working President of Swarna Bharat Party, India’s only liberal party, today announced Mr Sanjay Sonawani’s candidature from Pune constituency for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. 

Sanjay, 53 years old, has an M.Com. degree from Pune University is a well-regarded writer and thinker from Maharashtra and has been a social activist for many years, promoting liberty and fighting against caste. Sanjay is a frequent participant in social debates on Marathi news channels and has delivered over 500 speeches over the last ten years on social and historical matters. He has also presided over 6 regional literary meets.

Sanjay has 77 Marathi and 10 English books to his credit, including novels, full length plays, short story collections, children's books, oriental research and linguistics. His research on the origins of the caste, which has been published in Marathi and English is giving a new direction to activists engaged in the caste-eradication program. 

Sanjay is a regular columnist for various newspapers with over one and half thousand articles published to date. Presently he writes fortnightly for Daily Divya Marathi and weekly for Daily Sanchar on socio-economic issues. He has also written screen plays for one English movie and two Marathi movies.

Sanjay has always raised his voice against suppression of freedom to speech and unnecessary government regulations and has participated and led many agitations. He has stood against hate-based casteist organizations like Sambhaji Brigade and risked his life to fight them in the Waghya Statue (Raygad) and B. M. Purandare book controversy issue. 

He started the Utkrantivadi Yuvak Sanghatana in 1985 to help youth fight unemployment by starting their own business. He later started his own industry in Naxalite affected Gadchiroli district and also attempted to promote employment in troubled areas like the North East and J&K to prevent the youth from turning to terrorism or separatism. 

Presently, Sanjay is actively promoting liberty from various platforms and trying to create a mass movement of farmers to liberate them from the anti-farmers laws such as Land Ceiling and Essential Commodities Act. Sanjay also runs popular blogs as well as an active video blog. 

As a liberal, Sanjay is committed to implementing the SBP manifesto to transform India’s governance. His detailed profile is available at: http://swarnabharat.in/Sanjay_Sonawani. He is committed to supporting his constituents in Pune in every possible way to achieve superior outcomes for the city in every possible way.

Mr Rahul Pandit invited everyone to join in this journey to transform India by joining SBP and stepping forward to contest the 2019 elections. 

Notes for Editors
SBP is India’s only liberal party, committed to defending liberty and promoting prosperity.

Rahul Pandit (Hyderabad) National Working President, +91 9703425422
Sanjay Sonawani (Pune), +91 9860991205
Sanjeev Sabhlok (Melbourne), sabhlok@gmail.com

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