Call-A-Thon: Call our MP’s and request not to vote for RTI amendments. There are lot of teams, individuals, groups fighting at the ground level. This is a small effort to complement what they are doing.
Starting today, let’s all of us spend 30 minutes to 1 hour to call our MP’s to tell one and only one thing. Let all political parties come under the RTI. This is our best shot to clean politics & bring accountability to what these political parties do.
What to talk? : Dear Mr/Mrs _______ (MP), i’m calling you as a concerned citizen to request you to please do not support the amendments to RTI.
- If you get a response saying “I’ve to obey the party” , insist on knowing their personal opinion regarding this issue.
- If you get their secretary, please let them know your concern.
Whom to call?:
- Pick an MP from your constituency & speak in the local language to better connect
- Pick the prominent MP’s from various political parties
- Veerappa Moily, Jayanthi Natarajan, Jayaram Ramesh etc from Congress
- Seetharam Yechuri from CPI
- LK Advani, Sushma Swaraj etc from BJP
- Please log your conversation – just the summary
- Call PMO office & let the office know about our concerns
Let’s make a statement, a very strong statement – that MP’s cannot simply make decisions for us behind closed doors. They have to take our opinions and concerns into consideration
So let’s begin the calls.
My Previous Conversations:
Day II of Calling MP’s
Spoke to 3 MP’s from congress and 3 MP’s from BJP – I really liked how united our elected reps were in their response to my question – Will you support amendments to RTI?
All of them said party is supreme. I then tried L.K.Advani – wanted to ask him the same question and also why none of his party MP’s have any individuality – just missed him narrowly
Got through to his personal secretary, will confront him on another day of calling.
Day III updates:
Day III call updates (Still in progress)
DMK, BSP :- A couple of MP’s from these parties said it’s the party leader decision and the party leader hasn’t taken a decision yet. Despite my persistence with trying to get their personal opinion on this issue, i couldn’t.
Jayanthi Natarajan, LK Advani’s are not reachable. Both of them are not in delhi right now. Have their secrataries numbers and have to keep trying
Conversation with a Secretary to an MP:
Secretary: Who are you?
Me; I’m a concerned citizen and want to request MP to not vote for these amendments.
Secretary: I’ve never received or heard of a concerned citizen calling an MP. I cannot tell my opinion but will relay your message to the MP
So friends, this is exactly what our MP’s want – a constituency that doesn’t question no matter what the decisions are and how bad the situations are? But once we start questioning, not one, two, ten, hundred but thousands – then MP’s have to be more responsible.