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Free discussion must on democracy: Vijay Darda

 Media Coverage  |  09-05-2022

“Till now there has been no free discussion on democracy. People are eager to know whether politicians want power for politics or for public welfare. A discussion is needed whether power is needed for implementing various schemes or for gaining control over political institutions,” said the chairman of Editorial Board of Lokmat Media and former member of Rajya Sabha Vijay Darda.

Darda further said that Lokmat had lit the flame of freedom 100 years ago. Launched with the blessings of Lokmanya Tilak, Bapuji Aney and other such stalwarts, Lokmat later started as a daily from Nagpur. Its founder and veteran freedom fighter Jawaharlal Darda alias ‘Babuji’ always kept the newspaper away from party politics. The third generation of Lokmat is carrying forward his policies now.

During Covid period, the Lokmat team worked like an army. In view of the blood shortage, it launched the ‘Raktacha Nata’ campaign and collected 60,000 units of blood. Darda informed the guests about various functions organised as a part of golden jubilee celebrations. He expressed confidence that separate state of Vidarbha would be created.

Commenting on Kejriwal, Darda said he is a ray of hope for the country. He recited a poem in Hindi to describe how the fragrance of good work done by Kejriwal was spreading in the country:


Ye jo fiza tumne chalayi hai,

Uski khushboo yahan tak aayi hai,

Aapki sultanat ko kya naam doon,

Aapne garibon ki kutiyon mein mahek layi hai.


Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal presenting a cheque for `50,000 and a memento to Chandrapur’s Ujjwala Raut who won the first prize in the ‘Desh ki shaan, Nagpur meri jaan’ slogan contest organised as a part of the golden jubilee celebration of Lokmat’s Nagpur edition in Nagpur on Sunday. Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann, chairman of Editorial Board of Lokmat Media and former member of Rajya Sabha Vijay Darda, managing director of Lokmat Media Devendra Darda, director (operations) of Lokmat Media Ashok Jain, and spokesperson and MP of Aam Aadmi Party Raghav Chadha are also seen. Prizes were given away to the winners of rangoli, essay and drawing contests too.

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