Ask residents if they’re proud of the civic companies offered by their municipal physique and you’ll most likely hear a tirade of complaints. In Bengaluru, a number of progressive professionals have taken issues into their very own palms and are set to struggle the civic elections early subsequent yr to “set an instance on good governance”.
The Bengaluru NavaNirmana Social gathering (BNP) was shaped a yr in the past by an funding banker and IIM-B alumnus, Srikanth Narasimhan, and boasts in its governing council individuals like Sridhar Ramanujan, founding father of communications consultancy Model Comm and in addition an IIM-B alumnus, and R Balasubramanian, a former director of Sankara Netralaya, amongst others.
“There’s a actual drawback with governance and accountability in Bengaluru immediately. We mentioned that if we care about our metropolis, let’s do one thing,” says Sridhar. However do the ballot novices have the abdomen to enter the fierce world of electioneering?
Narasimhan factors to the background behind this try. Some years in the past, when the federal government got here up with inexplicable guidelines for flats within the metropolis, it led to the delivery of the Bangalore Flats Federation. The federation, through which he’s a transferring pressure, bought over 10,000 house dwellers throughout the town to stage a protest march. It labored.
“As we saved on combating,” says Narasimhan, “we realised solely two issues get work accomplished — both a protest march with 1000’s of individuals, or a court docket order.” However each are cumbersome. That’s when the concept of floating a full-fledged celebration got here up.
He says immediately the federation has over 6 lakh members, and he has constructed a robust join with RWAs and activist teams reminiscent of Whitefield Rising and Residents of Bengaluru.
Narasimhan says BNP’s focus is straightforward — it’s completely on municipal governance and the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP). It won’t struggle Meeting elections. “We hope this single-minded focus will assist us take it to the subsequent stage,’ says Sridhar.
Presently, the celebration has greater than three,000 individuals with extra becoming a member of in. Nonetheless, Narasimhan admits the BNP will be capable of contest solely about 100 of the 200 wards in Bengaluru. “Our goal is to try to win at the very least 25 wards,” he says.
Social gathering for all
Though it might look like a celebration of “software program sorts”, each Sridhar and Narasimhan say it’s not at all elitist and the chosen candidates could have grassroots enchantment.
For every ward, the problems taken up will probably be completely different however reducing throughout the town the celebration is combating on three uniform guarantees. First is transparency. It has already gathered knowledge on 63,629 initiatives permitted by the BBMP over the past 5 years and put them up on a citizen’s portal. The second is citizen participation. The third is that work will get accomplished with out cash being siphoned off.
What about assets to struggle the election? “We don’t want crores, only some lakhs,” asserts Narasimhan.
In 2015, equally fed up with civic companies, a garment agency’s CSR wing received the panchayat elections in Kizhakkambalam village in Kerala. However such non political celebration wins are uncommon. Can the BNP make a dent?