March 9, 2014
Swarna Bharat Party, India's national liberal party, is nearing registration. Created on 1 June 2013, papers were lodged with ECI in July. Then, based on the requirements, an advertisement was placed in a number of papers seeking objections. Thereafter a detailed meeting took place with ECI on 5 February 2014. Finally, a slightly amended constitution and various other documents were provided on 5 March 2014.
Now, we are beginning the process of shortlisting National Executive members.
Subject to agreement of the President (Dipinder Sekhon) I expect to take on the official role of Honorary Vice President of the party (there will be many Vice Presidents). SBP allows OCIs to take become members but not pay any fee (OCIs can join only on an exception basis).
In anticipation of SBP registration, I'm commencing the process of seeking expressions of interest from ALL LIBERALS of India (who are either in an existing liberal party or have not yet joined any party) to join the National Executive of this party.
SBP is committed to very significant levels of transparency. A few key selling points are attached. We should aim to build a party that India needs and can be proud of, for the long haul. While we would aim to contest in 2014 subject to registration by ECI in the next few days, we should think of the next 500 years.
The duration of the membership of the Initial National Executive of SBP is one year, under Article 9a of the SBP Constitution. The initial NE membership will be unelected (as specified clearly in the Constitution) and will not be able to be fully representative of the entire country.
The current prescribed fee for National Executive members is Rs.1 lakh (payable in advance) but for the unelected initial NE members, I'd like to bring this fee down to around Rs. 20,000 (to be finalised in consultation with the shortlisted NE members).
Either way, please expect to pay a reasonable amount to join in such a senior role, which is going to guide India in the coming year. Only OCIs (like me) don't have to pay (in fact, should not pay – it being prohibited under the law). But I will contribute in many other ways, as I've done for the past many years.
I do expect those who take the role of NE members to be ACTIVE in spreading and building the party. This is not a decorative role. They should also be very active on email/internet. We are not going to physically meet except perhaps once a year.
I will compile the list of those who have express interest and – in consultation with relevant party members - will offer a membership (and office bearer role, if so considered desirable) to the shortlisted members. Others who apply will definitely be accommodated in other ways. We have HUNDREDS of positions/roles in mind.
In addition to NE members, we'll soon need hundreds of others, such as State level executive members and others. Details of various committees are provided in the Constitution, attached. At the moment, I'm ONLY seeking to build the National Executive.
Please write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I look forward to your contribution in building something India NEEDS and will be proud of. We are not hooligans like AAP, nor corrupt like Congress and BJP, and we want system change. We'll build a party that is systematic and transparent, that we can offer to our children and grandchildren with pride.