The people were hoping that mainstream political parties leaders would have learnt the lesson from their past politicking and will divert their energy in solving the problems of the people. People were expecting that democracy will protect their basic rights and the government elected by them will work for their welfare. It now transpires that the present lot of politicians are not in political arena to serve the people or the country but are there only to increase their wealth and assets. S.T. HUSSAIN, October19.