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Lok Bhalai Party (India)

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Introduction

Lok Bhalai Party was founded in Punjab in 1999 by Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, formerly a prominent member of Shiromani Akali Dal and Union Minister of Social Welfare 199698. The party is concentrating on various socio-economic issues, such as the punishing of fraudulent travel agents who grabbed large amounts of money from numerous Punjabis on false promises of sending them abroad - by the end of 2007, 15 million rupees were returned to the owners. Another cause, which brought a large support of women to the party, is helping the "holiday wives" - girls married to Indian citizens living abroad during their visits to homeland and abandoned after the husbands go back. The party is also concerned for problems of Indian citizens living abroad, especially those imprisoned on charges of illegal immigration, and for improving the position of under-privileged strata of Indian society.

 Sources:
[1] Wikipedia page about Lok Bhalai Party: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lok_Bhalai_Party
[2] Wikipedia page about Balwant Singh Ramoowalia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balwant_Singh_Ramoowalia
[3] Heroes 2007 - published at The Times of India website on 2007-12-23: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/2643856.cms
[4] Presentation of Balwant Singh Ramoowalia at the Lok Bhalai Party Youth Wing website: http://lokbhalaipartyyouthwing.com/president.html

Party flag

[Lok Bhalai Party Flag] image by Tomislav Todorovic, 23 January 2011

The party flag, as seen in the photo gallery at the Lok Bhalai Party Youth Wing website: http://lokbhalaipartyyouthwing.com/gallery.html has five horizontal stripes, in yellow, green, white, blue and red colors, respectively.
Tomislav Todorovic, 23 January 2011

[Lok Bhalai Party Flag] image by Tomislav Todorovic, 23 January 2011

The shades of yellow and blue vary somewhat - photos shown in the Ludhiana Tribune website report from a pre-election rally on 2004-05-03: http://www.tribuneindia.com/2004/20040504/ldh.htm/a> and in the report about the meeting of the central working committee of the party on 2005-05-02: http://www.tribuneindia.com/2005/20050503/ldh.htm show darker shades of these colors, that of yellow being the one known as "saffron", while the photo from the protest against the policies of the Punjab State Government on 2005-12-05: http://www.tribuneindia.com/2005/20051206/ldh.htm shows lighter shades, the same as those seen at the party youth wing website.
Tomislav Todorovic, 23 January 2011

[Lok Bhalai Party Flag] image by Tomislav Todorovic, 23 January 2011

The website of the party (no longer available online) contained a photo (link broken): http://lokbhalaiparty.in/raamoo/DSC_0063.JPG which was showing the flag with "deep saffron" (light orange) instead of yellow and dark shade of blue, as well as the party name inscribed in black on the white field (see image). The name, inscribed in Gurmukhi script, was not completely visible on the photo, but an image of the party logo from the same site, which is now available at the Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Lok_Bhalai_Party.png shows it inscribed in both English and Punjabi and reveals that the party name is the same in both languages - the last word in Gurmukhi inscription is the transcription of English word "party".
Tomislav Todorovic, 23 January 2011