“Earlier, the education, liquor, sugar and industrial lobbies used to control politics from behind the scenes. This time, the mining and real estate mafia are openly trying to usurp power from the hands of the people. Political parties have become masks for them.
“This started when the Janata Dal (Secular) and Bharatiya Janata Party came together and formed a coalition government. It is time for the people to decide whether they want democracy or a rule by mining and real estate mafia.
“If not, the mafia will soon start bidding for legislators as corporate houses did for cricketers for the Indian Premier League.”
Read the full report: ‘Battle between mining mafia and democratic forces’
Also read: A people’s manifesto for the 2008 elections