Pratap Shakha and Shakti Samiti ( Finchley) organised a Parliament Week event on the 17th of November at Bishop Douglass School, Finchley. MPs Theresa Villiers and Mike Freer attended the hour-long event which started with the introduction of activities of Sangh and Samiti and also included a demonstration of Surya Namaskar. Pruthviben Shah spoke on the format of the weekly shakha and leadership skills taught in shakha. The audience were told about the HSS 50th anniversary celebrations and the SEWA projects that Sangh and Samiti prides itself on. Theresa Villiers was impressed with the discipline she witnessed at shakha. She emphasised how important it is to practice our precious democracy positivity, take up local issues and show that you care by taking that first step to doing something about it. She emphasised that there is a strong need for our youngsters to participate in politics, ‘ go and meet your local MP, speak to them about issues that you want something done about’ she said. In introducing Mike Freer Harsha Jani reminded the MP of the 1992 visit to Finchley Pratap shakha utsav by prime minister Margret Thatcher. Mike Freer spoke to the mainly young audience about opportunities in local government, government departments and parliament. Mike Freer emphasised that there are job placement schemes, internships, apprentices, youth parliament and debating opportunities in parliament and government. Mike Freer said ‘ Find out how you can participate, look at the resources on government websites and speak to your local MPs. Just make sure you get up and take action’.
On the Caste Consultation Bill, both Theresa Villiers and Mike Freer reassured the audience that they were strongly against this bill as it is totally unnecessary and a waste of parliament time.
Fielding a question from young Swayamsevak Dillon Depala about changing the voting age to 16, both MPs said that there are crucial issues at election time which people vote on and age 18 is the appropriate age for voting in the national election.
Pratap Shakha and Shakti Samiti activities are held every Friday from 7-9pm at Bishop Douglass School, Hamilton Road, N2 0SQ Finchley.
For details contact: Harshaben Jani – 07961052165
Or Vishal Ji Savani 07578 836648