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Yogendra Yadav launches #iCan19 – Indian Citizens’ Action for Nation, 2019

Yogendra Yadav launches #iCan19 – Indian Citizens’ Action for Nation, 2019

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New Delhi, 9th December, 2018

  • Yogendra Yadav launches #iCan19 – Indian Citizens’ Action for Nation, 2019
  • #iCan19 is a unique and innovative initiative for citizens to intervene in electoral politics
  • Yogendra Yadav writes an open letter to citizens of India calling them to join the initiative and say, “I Can!” 
  • Swaraj India gives the slogan, “Hindu na Musalman, Bas Kisan-Naujawan” 
  • #iCAN19 to tap the positive energies of youth waging Yuva-HallaBol against unemployment in the country: Anupam 
  • Farmers have set the country’s agenda through the recent Kisan Mukti March; For the first time elections will be fought on the issue of farmers: Avik Saha 
  • #iCAN19 is a historic initiative for citizens to make political intervention: Ajit Jha 
  • Some do politics in the name of service, we do service in the name of politics: Yogendra Yadav

Delhi | Yogendra Yadav, national President of the newly formed political party Swaraj India, today launched the public campaign Indian Citizens Action for Nation, 2019  [#iCan19]. In a letter to the citizens of India, Yogendra Yadav has appealed to all citizens to join #iCan19 campaign and make political intervention in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.

In the letter, Yogendra writes that from the experiences in his various nationwide Yatras undertaken in the last 6 years, he clearly understood that there is infinite positive energy in the common people of the country, the country is ready to move forward, citizens are ready to contribute, but the country’s captains are not ready to take on responsibility.


While proposing #iCan19 to citizens, Yogendra Yadav said that “for the last six years I have travelled to every corner of the country and met countless citizens. To try to change the country, I adopted many paths: engaged in struggles/agitations, created non-electoral organizations, even formed a political party and contested elections, saw all highs and lows. This search for India has given me a faith: there is unique energy in our country. There are millions of people willing to rise above their self-interest and do something constructive for the society, there are lakhs of dedicated volunteers who hold the interest of the nation and the world ahead of their caste and religion, there are thinkers pondering about future without worrying about the present. But today this energy is helpless, every person walking the path of truth feels lonely. Organizations of social reforms have become mere shops, political parties have become gangs, ideologies have become prisons of the mind. But there is no platform that can connect this energy, there is no ideology that can match up to their dreams.”


Yogendra Yadav said that this proposal may seem strange to some people, but #iCan19 is not a forum to support only Swaraj India candidates.  He said, “I am the President of the Swaraj India Party myself. People think that the parties contest elections, seek votes for themselves and try to win as many seats as they can. But in Swaraj India, we have said from the very first day that we do not want to become just another party. We are here to do a new form of politics. People generally do politics in the name of serving nation; we shall serve the nation in the name of politics. We are introducing #iCan19 but we do not want to control it. This is not a platform to support Swaraj India’s candidates. Citizens, who respond to my appeal and join the #iCan19 campaign, will choose the country’s main issues and their solutions, forge nation-wide public opinion on these issues and then, in some selected seats, will campaign for candidates who will be carriers of these issues and solutions. If this election is fought on the issues of farmers and youth, then no matter who comes to power, the nation will move forward. But if the elections are fought by creating rift between Hindus and Muslims, then whoever wins, the nation will lose. And we will not let India lose.”


Ajit Jha, the Working President of Swaraj India, said that the country’s politics is standing on a historic turning point today, the Ganga-Yamuni culture and the social fabric of India is under attack, institutions are being demolished and the real issues of the people are being dwarfed. That is why we will have to come forward so that the real issue and the real agenda can be brought to the center stage of politics. This is the purpose of the #iCan19 campaign, through which thousands of citizens of the country will meaningfully intervene in the upcoming elections. Stating that the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections are critical for our democracy and society, Ajit Jha said, “It is imperative today that we rise above party and personal interests and think and work in the larger interest of the country.”


Purushottam V, Vice-President of Swaraj India said that the #iCan19, in a sense, is like a National Election Duty for any Indian citizen through which one can help to choose a clean and good candidate to the parliament, and thus contribute meaningfully in giving a new direction to the nation’s politics. Purushottam said, “Candidates will be selected by an independent panel, which will include some familiar, neutral and unbiased people active in social life. Complete profile of all selected candidates will be shared with #iCan19’s volunteers. Taking into consideration the candidate’s requirements in the election, and the priority of volunteers, volunteers will be linked with the candidate.”


The National Spokesperson of the party, Anupam said “after a historic demonstration of farmers unity, the country is now getting ready for a youth movement. There is a simmering anger among youth on the issue of unemployment and corruption in recruitment to government jobs. Nearly 65% of our population is in the dark about their future, rendering the youth with a sense of gross insecurity. The country could have been developed by imparting education, values and employment opportunities to India’s infinite youth energy, but on the contrary, more than 24 lakh jobs are lying vacant, employment opportunities are constantly being reduced and the government has no intention to even fill the vacant posts. The few jobs that are coming out nowadays, tend to be a victim of money and lobbying instead of hard work or merit. The leakage of recruitment exams question paper has become commonplace. Question papers of various competitive examinations like the SSC, UPSSSC, Gujarat Constable, UP Police, Bihar Police recruitment to Bihar SSC have been leaked in the last few months. Every recruitment test is a victim of some kind of corruption. Even when a criminal gets arrested as a result of students’ vigilance, the actual gangsters and big fish behind such scams go untouched and this anti-social business of playing with the future of country’s youth is constantly booming.”


Anupam said, “Now the youth of the country will not tolerate the tyranny and injustice being done to them. In the coming months you will witness the strength and solidarity of the youth in the form of Yuva HallaBol. You will also see how the youngsters, who had once put Prime Minister Modi on throne, carry the strength to dethrone him too. The #iCan19 campaign will give platform to all such youth who want to make meaningful changes in the country through political intervention.”


Swaraj India Secretary-General Avik Saha said “the recent Kisan Mukti March has made it clear that the farmers of the country could put pressure not only on the government but also on the opposition parties through their unity and solidarity. For the first time, farmers are setting the agenda for the Lok Sabha elections. Not only that, a major success of the Kisan movement this time was that the gap between the urban middle class and the rural farmers was reduced and they came together in demanding debt waiver and full price for farmers harvest. Even though the government tried hard to fool the farmers through data misinterpretations and media management, the farmers of the country have now begun to see through all their tricks. In addition to the resolve to defeat this anti-farmer government, farmers have also begun to intimidate the opposition parties claiming to be farmers-friendly.”


Stating that #iCan19 is an electoral platform for the farmers too, Avik Saha said, “by becoming a part of this campaign, our farmer brothers and sisters will not serve any party, they will serve the country; they will build their own future and not of a leader.”


================ Hindi Version Below =======================

प्रेस नोट 

नई दिल्ली9th  December 2018  


  • योगेंद्र यादव ने देशवासियों के नाम पत्र लिखकरशुरू किया iCan19 – ‘राष्ट्रनिर्माण के लिए लोक अभियान, 2019′ 


  • भारतीय नागरिकों को चुनावी राजनीति में हस्तक्षेप करने का अनोखा मौका देगा #iCAN19, इस अभियान के जरिये नागरिक असली मुद्दे चुनेंगेउनके समाधान तलाशेंगे और इन मुद्दों के लिए सही कुछ उम्मीदवारों का चयन कर उनका समर्थन भी करेंगे 


  • लोकसभा चुनावों के लिए स्वराज इंडिया ने दिया नारा: “हिन्दू  मुसलमानबस किसाननौजवान 


  • देशभर में बेरोज़गारी और नौकरियों में भ्रष्टाचार को लेकर व्याप्त भारी आक्रोश के कारण होगा युवा हल्लाबोल : अनुपम 


  • पहली बार खेतीकिसानी के मुद्दे पर लड़ा जाएगा लोकसभा चुनावअविक साहा 


  • देश तैयार हैलेकिन नेता और पार्टियां नहींइसलिए #iCAN19 आम नागरिकों को राजनीतिक हस्तक्षेप का अवसरअजीत झा 


  • लोग देशसेवा के नाम पर राजनीति करते हैंहम राजनीति के नाम पर देशसेवा करते हैंयोगेंद्र यादव 



दिल्ली | नवगठित राजनीतिक पार्टी स्वराज इंडिया के राष्ट्रीय अध्यक्ष योगेंद्र यादव ने आज “राष्ट्रनिर्माण के लिए लोक अभियान, 2019” को देश के समक्ष प्रस्तुत किया। अभियान को #iCan19 का नाम दिया गया है, जो इसके अंग्रेज़ी नाम का संक्षेप रूप भी है। देशवासियों को एक पत्र लिखकर योगेंद्र यादव ने नागरिकों, संगठनों, आंदोलनों और पार्टियों को  #iCan19 से जुड़कर आगामी लोकसभा चुनावों में राजनीतिक हस्तक्षेप करने की अपील की है।उन्होंने कहा कि इस चुनाव में अलग-अलग पार्टियों की अपनी टीम होगी, लेकिन हम एक ‘टीम इंडिया’ बनाएंगे। इस अभियान से जुड़ने वाले व्यक्ति और संगठन: 


  • देश के असली मुद्दे चुन सकेंगे, चुनाव का एजेंडा तय कर सकेंगे   
  • हर समस्या का समाधान सुझा सकेंगे, बेहतर समाधान चुन सकेंगे 
  • देश भर में इन समस्याओं और समाधान का प्रचार कर सकेंगे ताकि उनपर चुनाव लड़ा जाय  
  • देश के असली मुद्दों का प्रतिनिधित्व कर सकने वाले कुछ उम्मीदवारों का चयन कर सकेंगे   
  • ऐसे कुछ चुनींदा उम्मीदवारों का प्रचार कर सकेंगे जो देश के सही एजेंडा के वाहक बन सकें  

योगेंद्र यादव ने यह स्पष्ट किया कि इस अभियान से जुड़ने के लिए स्वराज इंडिया से कोई सम्बन्ध रखने की जरूरत नहीं है। इस अभियान के मुद्दे, समाधान और उम्मीदवार, कुछ भी स्वराज इंडिया द्वारा नहीं चुना जायेगा। देशवासियों के समक्ष #iCAN19 का प्रस्ताव रखते हुए योगेंद्र यादव ने अपने पत्र में  कहा, “पिछले छह साल में मैं देश के कोने-कोने में घूमा हूँ, न जाने कितने नागरिकों से मिला हूँ। देश बदलने के प्रयास में धूप-छांह, ऊंच-नीच बहुत कुछ देखा है। भारत की इस खोज ने मुझे एक आस्था दी है: हमारे देश में अद्भुत ऊर्जा है। हर दिन मुझे कोई न कोई अनूठा हिंदुस्तानी मिलता है जो अपने निजी स्वार्थ से ऊपर उठकर समाज के लिए कुछ करने को तत्पर है,  देश और दुनिया को अपनी जाति-धर्म  से आगे रखने को तैयार है। लेकिन आज यह ऊर्जा बेबस है, सच्चाई के रस्ते पर चल रहा हर व्यक्ति अपने आप को अकेला महसूस करता है। समाज सुधार के संगठन दुकान बन गए हैं, पार्टियां गिरोह बन गयी हैं, विचारधाराएं दिमाग़ी कैद बन गयी हैं।” 


इस अभियान का ब्यौरा रखते हुए स्वराज इंडिया के उपाध्यक्ष पुरुषोत्तम वी ने कहा कि iCAN19 एक मायने में किसी भारतीय नागरिक के लिए ‘नेशनल इलेक्शन ड्यूटी’ जैसा है जिसके ज़रिये आप किसी साफ़-सुथरे और अच्छे उम्मीदवार को चुनकर संसद भेजने में मदद कर सकते हैं, और इस तरह देश की राजनीति को नई दिशा देने में अपना योगदान कर सकते हैं। इस अभियान में शामिल होने वाले सभी वालंटियर को विशेष ट्रेनिंग दी जाएगी। पुरुषोत्तम ने बताया, “उम्मीदवारों का चयन एक स्वतंत्र पैनल द्वारा किया जाएगा, जिसमें सामाजिक जीवन में सक्रिय कुछ जाने पहचाने तटस्थ तथा निष्पक्ष लोग शामिल होंगे। सभी चयनित उम्मीदवारों का प्रोफाइल iCAN19 के वॉलंटियर्स के साथ साझा किया जाएगा। चुनाव में उम्मीदवारों की आवश्यकता, तथा वॉलंटियर्स की प्राथमिकता के बीच संतुलन बनाते हुए वॉलंटियर्स को प्रत्याशी के साथ जोड़ा जाएगा।” 


पार्टी के राष्ट्रीय प्रवक्ता अनुपम ने कहा कि किसानों की ऐतिहासिक एकजुटता के बाद देश अब युवा आंदोलन के लिए तैयार हो रहा है। देशभर में व्याप्त बेरोज़गारी और नौकरियों में भ्रष्टाचार को लेकर युवाओं में भारी आक्रोश पनप रहा है। आज 24 लाख से ज़्यादा नौकरियां खाली पड़ी हैं, रोज़गार के अवसरों में लगातार कमी की जा रही है और रिक्त पदों तक को भरने की सरकार की कोई मंशा नहीं है। जो थोड़े बहुत नौकरियां आजकल निकलती भी हैं तो मेहनत या मेरिट के बजाए पैसे और पैरवी का शिकार हो जाती हैं। भर्ती परीक्षाओं का प्रश्नपत्र लीक होना तो आम बात हो गयी है। पिछले कुछ महीने में ही एसएससी, यूपीएसएसएससी, गुजरात कॉन्स्टेबल, यूपी पुलिस, बिहार पुलिस भर्ती से लेकर बिहार एसएससी जैसे न जाने कितने परीक्षाओं के प्रश्नपत्र लीक हो चुके हैं। हर भर्ती परीक्षा किसी न किसी तरह के भ्रष्टाचार का शिकार हैं। छात्रों की सजगता से जब कोई अपराधी पकड़ में भी आ जाए तो असल सरगनाओं और बड़ी मछलियों को कोई भी नहीं छूता और युवाओं के भविष्य से खेलने का असामाजिक धंधा लगातार फलफूल रहा है। अनुपम ने कहा, “अब देश का युवा अपने साथ हो रहे अत्याचार और अन्याय को और बर्दाश्त नहीं करेगा। आने वाले कुछ महीनों में युवा-हल्लाबोल के रूप में आप युवा एकजुटता की ताकत देखेंगे।  #iCAN19 की मुहिम ऐसे सभी युवाओं को मंच देगा जो राजनीति में हस्तक्षेप के जरिए देश में सार्थक परिवर्तन लाना चाहते हैं।” 


स्वराज इंडिया महासचिव अविक साहा ने कहा कि हाल ही में हुए किसान मुक्ति मार्च से अब यह पूर्णतः स्पष्ट हो गया कि देश का किसान अपनी एकता और एकजुटता के जरिए सरकार ही नहीं विपक्षी पार्टियों को भी दबाव में ला सकता है। पहली बार किसी लोकसभा चुनावों में किसान अपना एजेंडा सेट कर रहा है। इतना ही नहीं, किसान आंदोलन की एक बड़ी सफ़लता यह भी रही कि शहरी मध्यम वर्ग और ग्रामीण किसानों के बीच की खाई इस बार कम हुई और सब साथ आकर ऋणमुक्ति और फ़सल की पूरे क़ीमत की मांग कर रहे थे। भले ही सरकार ने आंकड़ों और मीडियाबाज़ी के जरिए किसानों की आंखों में धूल झोंकने की पूरी कोशिश की लेकिन देश का किसान अब इनके सारे खेल समझने लगा है, किसान-विरोधी सरकार को हराने के प्रण के साथ साथ किसान-हितैषी होने का दावा करने वाली विपक्षी पार्टियों को डराने भी लगा है। अविक साहा ने #iCAN19 को किसानों का चुनावी मंच बताते हुए कहा, “इस मुहिम का हिस्सा बनकर हमारे किसान बहन भाई किसी पार्टी की नहीं, देश की सेवा करेंगे, किसी नेता का नहीं, अपना भविष्य निर्माण करेंगे।” 


स्वराज इंडिया के कार्यकारी अध्यक्ष अजीत झा ने कहा कि देश की राजनीति आज एक ऐतिहासिक मोड़ पर खड़ी है, भारत की गंगा-जमुनी तहज़ीब और सामाजिक ताने बाने को तोड़ा जा रहा है, संस्थाओं को ध्वस्त किया जा रहा है और लोगों के असल मुद्दों को गौण किया जा रहा है। इसीलिए हमको और आपको अब आगे आना होगा ताकि असल मुद्दे और असल एजेंडे को राजनीति के केंद्र में लाया जा सके। #iCAN19 मुहिम का यही उद्देश्य है जिसके माध्यम से देश के हज़ारों नागरिक आने वाले चुनाव में एक सार्थक दखल देंगे। आगामी लोकसभा चुनावों को लोकतंत्र और समाज के लिए अहम बताते हुए अजीत झा ने कहा, “आज आवश्यक है कि हम पार्टी और व्यक्तिगत हित से ऊपर उठकर देशहित में सोचे और कार्य करें।” 


आगामी लोकसभा चुनाव के सन्दर्भ में योगेंद्र यादव ने कहा: “किसान और नौजवान भारत के भविष्य की दिशा दिखा रहे हैं। दुर्भाग्यवश इनकी दिखाई दिशा पर चलने की बजाय इनकी आवाज़ को दबाने के लिए देश को हिन्दू-मुस्लिम आग में झोंकने की तैयारी चल रही है। 2019 के चुनाव का समीकरण सीधा है:  या तो किसान और नौजवान, नहीं तो हिन्दू-मुसलमान। अगर यह चुनाव किसान और नौजवान के मुद्दों पर लड़ा जाता है तो जो भी सत्ता में आएगा, देश आगे बढ़ेगा। लेकिन अगर हिन्दू-मुसलमान को लड़ाकर चुनाव होता है तो जो भी जीते, भारत हारेगा।” इसलिए iCan19 ने नारा दिया है: “हिन्दू न मुसलमान, बस किसान-नौजवान” . उन्होंने यह विश्वास जाहिर किया कि आने वाले कुछ दिनों में कई संगठन और आंदोलन इस राष्ट्रव्यापी अभियान से जुड़ेंगे। 


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