Jogulamba Gadwal: Gargi Bheemaiah (67), who represented Gadwal Assembly constituency from 1999 to 2004, passed away after prolonged illness at NIMS, Hyderabad, on Wednesday morning.
Popularly known as Ghattu Bheemudu among his followers, Bheemaiah died of multiple organ failure and was in a state of coma for more than a week at NIMS. Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao expressed deep condolences on the demise of Ghattu Bheemudu and recalled his services as an MLA. He also conveyed his condolences to the bereaved family.
A native of Balgera village of Ghattu mandal in Jogulamba Gadwal district, Bheemudu was born in a family belonging to the Boya community. A long-serving TDP worker, Beemudu won from the Gadwal constituency when there was an alliance between BJP and TDP. He played a major role in launching a massive movement and forcing action against belt shops in Gadwal constituency.
Just before the 2018 Assembly polls, he joined TRS and extended his complete support to the candidature of Bandla Krishna Mohan Reddy, who won the election on a TRS ticket with a huge margin. He was popular among the BC community as he was viewed as a person who took on powerful families in Gadwal and defeated them.
Political leaders from the ruling party were visiting NIMS and inquiring about his health over the past week. On Wednesday morning, as news about Bheemudu’s death broke out, political leaders from erstwhile Mahabubnagar district, including Ministers S Niranjan Reddy and V Srinivas Goud, and all MLAs, irrespective of their political affiliations, sent out their condolences for the departed leader.
The final rites would be held on Thursday morning at Balgera village in Ghattu mandal, his native village. His body reached the village at 4 pm on Wednesday.