Lok Satta president Dr Jayaprakash Narayan had to beat a hasty retreat on his acerbic comments the agitating Telangana students, who went on rampage and attacked Lok Satta offices across the region.
In a hurriedly issued statement in the evening, JP said he had not opposed withdrawal of cases against students. In fact, I argued for withdrawal of all cases where there is no premeditated violence, arson, destruction of property and extortion in the name of agitations. I suggested that the government withdraw the cases by following due process – in a just, fair, firm, and reasonable manner, he said.
He also made it clear that he had not made any mention of Telangana students in his speech, but referred to agitators from all regions. Injecting a regional angle into my is unwarranted, he said. He condemned the attacks on Lok Satta offices and holding out threats against party leaders touring in Telangana and said they were patently undemocratic and fascist, and deserve to be condemned by all democrats.