Mohammad Ghouse Moinuddin is the Lok Satta Party candidate for the Mahbubnagar constituency in the Assembly by-elections of March 2012. Audio of an interview/interaction with Mr. Ghouse and the LSP campaign team here. .
Mr. Ghouse is a native of Mahbubnagar, and has been chosen by the party because of his sincere concern and work for social welfare, good local knowledge, reputation and support, dynamism in decision-making, and able communication skills. An honest and successful businessman in the field of education, he has focused on programs catering to the socially and economically backward sections. Currently based in Hyderabad for business reasons, he previously contributed to the Mahbubnagar edition of the Eenadu daily newspaper for two years, and gained in-depth knowledge of the local issues. Equally proficient in three languages – Urdu, Telugu, and English, he is able to articulate and connect with all sections of citizens.
His driving principle in politics is clear – ‘All that matters in politics is People’ and he believes that the job of a leader is to be a bridge between the people and the government. Vexed with the present-day politicians of most parties who are caught in a cynical pursuit of power and money, he had been considering joining active politics since 2009. He wanted to associate with a clean party and Lok Satta stood out for him as most promising. He had been following its work from a long time, since being impressed with articles written by Dr. JP in Eenadu many years ago. The socio-political analysis and proposals for reforms in these articles attracted him primarily because of how insightful and practical they were. He had noticed that Lok Satta works on raising important issues and also articulates well-considered solutions for them.
Ghouse’s chosen constituency of Mahabubnagar is one of the most backward districts in the state and ranks among the last two districts in terms of development. Lack of local employment opportunities leads to large-scale migration in search of work. A related issue is the terrible state of education – literacy rates are as low as 25% in some areas. Another prominent issue is the scarcity of drinking water, with locals having to depend on tankers. Agricultural yields, especially for cotton, have dropped alarmingly. The area suffers greatly due to water scarcity in general, and in spite of being represented by prominent state leaders, has seen little progress. The highest priority in Ghouse’s manifesto is for improving education and creating sources of employment in Mahabubnagar for citizens to avail of and thus be able to feed their families and provide them with good health and education. From his long-term work, he has a good grasp of education initiatives that will help. He and his team are working with locals and experts to further understand all pressing issues and to identify practical solutions for them.
Lok Satta’s campaign for Ghouse’s candidature is being led by a five member team of senior party leaders – Ravi Maruth, Bandaru Ram Mohan Rao, Raja Reddy, Vijayender Reddy, and Lakshman Balaji. Ghouse is known for his activism in the area and has a considerable support base, with twenty-five people as his core team. The party is also organizing a team of two hundred volunteers from Hyderabad, Medak, Nizamabad, Anantapur, and Kurnool for campaigning.
The campaigning phase will be intensive. For the 14 days of the effort, the volunteers will focus on approaching every household using the slogan ‘inti intiki Lok Satta’ (‘Lok Satta to every home’). Half the votes of Mahabubnagar constituency are from rural areas, the team is working on spreading the Lok Satta agenda among the villages. No other party has started campaigning and Lok Satta aims to be the early bird. There are a total of thirty-eight wards in the urban area and the party has prepared eight campaign teams for these wards. Ghouse will campaign for a day with each team, for well-spread out and widest public reach and with Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan for three days.
Voters are being urged to vote for Lok Satta with the following logic “If Congress wins, it will not go away from power (though people want it to); if TDP wins, it cannot come into power; if BJP/ TRS wins, there may not be much impact on the Telangana issue. The people of Mahbubnagar have the chance to usher in a new and historical change. Give Lok Satta a chance with your vote. Today, in the entire state, Lok Satta is the only party that is consistently fighting against corruption and liquor lobby. We are showing what we capable of in Kukatpally. With only one seat in the assembly, we have made the positive difference of ten. Please strengthen a party that stands for good politics. This is a historical opportunity for the people of Mahabubnagar and it is in your hands to utilize it without getting sold to money and liquor.” The team is focused on making sure this message percolates well into the people, and is confident of a good showing by the party and Mr. Ghouse.
Irrespective of result, Mr. Ghouse Moinuddin will serve as inspiration for several capable and service-oriented citizens to enter politics and join hands for positive change.
Listen to interview/interaction with Mr. Ghouse and campaign team here.