There is a strong anti-corruption mood across the country. But the voters of Andhra Pradesh have clearly indicated that corruption is not an issue that bothers them. The future of the most important political corruption case now hangs in balance. The future of a small political party founded on the idea of clean politics also does not seem very bright.
Loksatta party headed by ex-IAS Dr.Jayaprakash Narayan clearly made a mark in the 2009 elections. Despite winning only 1 MLA seat, they managed to get decent vote share for a party that worked on the principle of very limited election spending and no distribution of money for votes etc.
However in the last 3 years, Loksatta has failed to capitalize on the popular Lokpal movement that swept the country. In the recently concluded by-elections, Loksatta tied up with CPM and still failed to put up a respectable show. The CPM leader Raghavulu even campaigned with Dr.Jayaprakash Narayanan.
Loksatta contested in Pattipadu, Emmigannur, Parakala, Ongloe and Rayadurgam with CPM contesting in most of the other positions including the Nellore Loksabha seat.
Despite of all this, not only did Loksatta not retain its deposits anywhere, the total votes the party got was much lesser than what it got in the same constituencies in 2009!