Dr. Jaya Prakash Narayan, Founder of Loksatta Party, expressed deep shock over the unfortunate deaths of innocent citizens in the stampede at Rajamundry earlier today. Dr. JP appealed to the state government to provide medical assistance to all injured and to standby the families that lost precious lives.
"Everyone knew that there will be huge crowds, but the local administration is not empowered due to over centralization and remains passive. The prevailing attitude that differentiates VIP ghats and 'general' ghats seemed to have caused this terrible tragedy. Administration must be on high alert to avoid any further incidents. I request the Telangana government to take precautionary measures." said Dr. JP in a media statement
Dr. JP appealed to the people to consider taking the dip anywhere along 100s of kilometers that the river flows and on any day during the year.
Mr. Surendra Srivastava, National President, Ms. Hyma Potineni, National General Secretary and A Srinivas, Communications Chairperson expressed shock over the incident "Yet another tragic instance of completely avoidable suffering. It is unfortunate that the focus is more on publicity than on maintaining order. A thorough investigation must be carried out immediately and action must be taken on those found guilty"
Loksatta Party Andhra Pradesh state unit President Dr. Pattabhi Ramaiah and General Secretary Bheesetti Babji expressed their anguish over losing lives of senior citizens, women and children and conveyed their heartfelt condolences to the families, many of them from Uttara Andhra region. Mr. Babji demanded the government to support the families of those affected.