Suryapet: Energy Minister G Jagadish Reddy on Sunday said the valiant fighter of Telangana peasants’ armed struggle Chakali Ailamma was one of the leaders who instilled the questioning attitude among Telangana people.
Speaking after paying tributes to Ailamma on her 126th birth anniversary celebrations held at the District Collectorate, Jagadish Reddy said that her brave fight against Visnoor Deskmukh inspired the people particularly farmers to participate in the struggle against feudal forces in Telangana in 1940s. She was an icon who brought out the fighting spirit among the people of Telangana.
Stating that Ailamma was an inspiration during the Statehood movement also, he said Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao decided to make her birth and death anniversaries officials function in the State so that future generations too get to know about her.
Several leaders garlanded Ailamma statue on Nagarjuna Sagar Road of the town and paid glowing tributes to her. Rajya Sabha member Badugula Lingaiah Yadav said Ailamma, who belonged to the most Backward Classes community, had become an inspiration for Bahujans to fight for their rights. The Chief Minister took a historic decision to officially celebrate Ailamma’s Jayanti and Vardhanthi every year, he said, adding that the State government was committed to the welfare of Backward Classes and took up several welfare schemes for their uplift.
In Yadadri-Bhongir district, Bhongir MP Komatireddy Venkat Reddy garlanded the statue of Ailamma at Alair and paid tributes. He said people should draw inspiration from Ailamma and inculcate the fighting spirit to oppose anti-people policies of governments.
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