In a sensational development, Lok Satta Party president and former bureaucrat Dr Jayaprakash Narayan was attacked by the irate Telangana Rasthra Samithi leaders on the Assembly premises on Thursday.
JP, who came to the media point to address the media, made a scathing attack on the Telangana MLAs for stalling the speech of Governor E S L Narasimhan as part of their protest against delay in granting separate Telangana state. He described it as a black day in the history of the assembly and accused the agitating MLAs of killing the democracy and insulting the constitution of India. He demanded that the Governor dismiss the assembly and impose President’s Rule in the state.
Even as JP was continuing his comments, irate TRS legislators Aravind Reddy, Harish Rao and others tried to obstruct him and raised slogans against him. As he was getting down from the dais to make way for Congress senior leader Paladugu Venkat Rao, the TRS workers swooped on him and attacked him. While one person wearing pink khanduwa (believed to be Aravind Reddy) hit him hard on his head, another TRS leader bashed him on his back and pushed him. In the melee, Paladugu also slipped from the place and almost fell down. The police rescued both of them and took them away. The marshals also pushed down Harish Rao.
Later, JP and Paladugu lodged a complaint with the Deputy Speaker. The TRS legislators said they would not tolerate if anybody tries to make humiliating comments against the Telangana movement.