Q: How can an Independent fight major political parties?
A: (a) In 2004, without any manpower, party workers or organizational support, Bhatia got 60,000 votes in a few weeks of campaigning. This clearly shows that the major parties can be defeated if good people unite to support an honest candidate. This time we will be prepared.
(b) 65% of Pune is the educated middle class. If they decide to vote for an independent candidate he can easily win.
Q: Bhatia has no experience in politics
A: He has spent 35 years in public life in the IAS out of which 8 years have been spent in the United Nations in managing rural development projects in developing countries (Nepal, Bangla Desh, Maldives, Mayanmar, Sri Lanka, Laos, Viet Nam, Botswana). He has more experience than most politicians.
Q: Why vote for Bhatia?
A: (a) He has the best track record of fighting corruption for 35 years. Politicians have to be objectively judged by their past records of actual work and not their promises. Compare the histories of candidates before choosing one. Please see the section on "Corruption Fights".
(b) Voting for corrupt people just because they belong to political parties and are likely to win means you want the corrupt to win and you are making them win. Democracy is meant to prevent corruption but you are saying you vote for corruption in order to make democracy function.