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All-party meet condemns attack on LSP chief

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NOVEL PROTEST:Lok Satta Party activists perform a skit in Ongole on Friday condemning the ‘murder of democracy'.

HYDERABAD: An all-party meeting here on Friday condemned the attack on Lok Satta Party president and Kukatpally legislator Jayaprakash Narayan in the Legislative Assembly premises on Thursday.

The meeting resolved that political struggles in a democracy should be ideology-based and not lead to hatred and personal attacks and called for the cooperation of everyone to establish such a culture.

LSP working president D.V.V.S.Varma presided over the meeting, which was attended by representatives of Congress, TDP, PRP, CPI, CPI(M), Forward Block, RSP, and Telangana Democratic Front and many voluntary organisations.

Mr.N.Tulasi Reddy (Congress) said it was shameful that at a time when countries like Egypt were fighting against despotism, democratic traditions were being given a go-by in India.

Mr.Padmanabha Reddy of Centre for Good Governance regretted that such attacks would prevent good people from entering politics. Justice Lakshman Reddy (Jana Chaitanya Vedika) said the incident triggered concern over the safety of people from other regions in Hyderabad.

Journalist union leader K. Srinivasa Reddy said the attack affected the morale of separatists, while senior journalist D. Amar said politicians should respect the opinion of others even if they differed with it.

Bandh in Seemandhra

VIJAYAWADA: A bandh of educational institutions was observed in ‘Seemandhra' in protest against the attack on Lok Satta Party chief N. Jayaprakash Narayan and Congress MLC Paladugu Venkata Rao on Friday.

All the engineering colleges, MBA and MCA colleges and degree colleges in Kadapa district were closed. Students and women took out a protest rally from Nagarajupet to Seven roads junction raising slogans against TRS president K. Chandrasekhar Rao and his son K. Tarakarama Rao.

In Visakhapatnam, some schools and colleges announced a holiday in advance, while some colleges remained open. Students of Visakha Government Women's College boycotted classes and staged a ‘rasta roko' in front of the college under the leadership of Samaikyandhra Students JAC.

‘Abhishekam'

In Vijayawada, Congress activists and leaders of the movement for a united State performed ‘abhishekam' to a small statue of Mahatma Gandhi with milk to “nullify the sacrilege” committed on the Assembly premises by TRS MLAs. People cutting across political parties in Guntur took out a rally to the Gandhi statue where they placed flowers as a protest.

The bandh was enforced in Ongole by the Samaikya Andhra Rashtra Vidyardhi Joint Action Committee (SARV-JAC). In Nellore, students of various colleges boycotted classes and observed a bandh and later staged a ‘rasta roko'.

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