Press Releases Archive

Dr. JP condemns resort to violence

Lok Satta Party President Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan today deplored and condemned the growing tendency among political and social organizations to resort to violence at the slightest pretext without realizing they are undermining democracy and the Constitution by their actions.

Dr. JP was addressing a media meet on the occasion of Mr. J. Bhagawat Rao, former Chairman of the Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation Standing Committee and more than 20 other leaders joining the Lok Satta Party at the party headquarters.

Dr. JP referred to the Youth Congress attack on the Tirupati office of Andhra Jyoti, the MRPS raid on the residence of Mr. S. Satyanarayana, M.P., in Hyderabad and the Ram Sene’s chasing of women from a pub in Managalore and said all these incidents reflected the tendency among people to take law into their own hands as they could not tolerate dissent.

Dr. JP appealed to leaders of political parties to rein in their followers and set an example to others in respecting rule of law, democracy and the Constitution. Especially, the party in power should show restraint. In this connection he quoted Voltaire who said, “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”

In response to a question on the desecration of the guesthouse attached to the TTD temple in Hyderabad, Dr. JP demanded that the guilty be punished immediately. But a real solution lay in insulating religious institutions from political influence. “Secularism implies the separation of State from the church. It is possible only when Governments do not treat religious institutions as sinecures for political rehabilitation. The laws will have to be suitably amended”.

Saturday, February 7, 2009 - 22:29

Influx into Lok Satta continues

A number of BC and Dalit organization leaders headed by MBC (most backward class) leader and senior journalist Dommata Venkateswarlu joined the Lok Satta Party in the presence of party President Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan.

The Lok Satta has been witnessing an influx of leaders from downtrodden sections into the party since January 2009.

Mr. Venkateswarlu and others told the media today that the Lok Satta Party’s democratic functioning and its social justice agenda had attracted them. They believed that the Lok Satta alone would render justice to the downtrodden sections.

The leaders included Mr. P. Anjaneyulu, Dr. Sriramulu, Mr. Ch. Suresh, Mr. Gundu Venkatesam, Mr. Sassa Yadagiri, Mr. Rammurthy, Mr. Yadaiah, Mr. Kirankumar Gowd and Mr. Purnachander.

Friday, February 6, 2009 - 19:12

Lok Satta office-bearers to be elected on Sunday

Elections to the Lok Satta Party’s State Working Committee will take place at the party headquarters here on Sunday, February 8. Six vice presidents, three general secretaries, five secretaries and five joint secretaries will be elected.

Giving this information, party spokesman Katari Srinivasa Rao and election supervisor J. V. Krishna Rao told the media today that the electorate comprises the newly elected district and municipal corporation presidents and secretaries, nine State Council members from each district, and members co-opted by all of them. The election results will be announced by the evening.

Mr. Srinivasa Rao urged the Government to modify the terms of the qualifications stipulated in G. O. No. 11 for recruitment and promotion of school assistants. A large number of students have graduated by opting for new and contemporary subjects whereas the G. O. refers to subjects of the British era. Unless the G. O. is amended, a large number of people will find themselves ineligible, Mr. Srinivasa Rao said.

Friday, February 6, 2009 - 19:11