Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao paid rich tributes to freedom fighter late Konda Laxman Bapuji on the eve of his 106th birth anniversary on Monday. He described Konda Laxman Bapuji as a leader who inspired the oppressed and weaker sections as well as a democrat and humanist to the core.
The Chief Minister recalled the selfless services rendered by Konda Laxman Bapuji, which will serve as an inspiration for generations to come. “Bapuji as an advocate gave his valuable legal services to several people including Chityala (Chakali) Ailamma and waged a legal battle in support of the warriors of the Telangana Armed Struggle. He also participated in the freedom struggle taking inspiration from Mahatma Gandhi and maintained the same values throughout his life, inspiring the Telangana separate Statehood movement in all its phases,” he said.
“In the process, Bapuji became a leader which the country is proud of. He worked for the rights of the weaker sections and strengthened the cooperative sector throughout his life,” Chandrashekhar Rao said, adding that as the leader of Bahujan communities, Bapuji united the Padmashali communities across the country.
The Chief Minister said the State government was officially organising the birth and death anniversaries of Konda Laxman Bapuji as a tribute. After State formation, the Telangana government paid respects to him by naming the State Horticulture University after him. Konda Laxman Bapuji awards are being given away every year to meritorious weavers from the handloom sector. Realising the dreams of Bapuji, the State recorded development and progress in all sectors. He said the government was fulfilling the aspirations of Bapuji by ensuring that the artisan communities lead happy life. Realising ‘Bangaru (Golden) Telangana’ is the real tribute to Bapuji, he added.
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