Mancherial: Former Bellampalli MLA and CPI leader Gunda Mallesh passed away while undergoing treatment in the Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences in Hyderabad on Tuesday. He was declared brain dead on Sunday. He was 73.
Expressing condolences, Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao recalled his association with Mallesh, who was a four-time MLA from Bellampalli constituency. He conveyed his condolences to the members of his family.
Mallesh was admitted to the institute following a kidney failure a few weeks ago. He is survived by wife, two daughters and son.
Mallesh, contesting on the CPI ticket, won 1983, 1985, 1994 and 2009 Assembly elections. He lost to TRS candidate Durgam Chinnaiah in 2014 and 2018 elections.
A native of Rechini village in Thandur mandal, Mallesh was known for his simplicity and was always accessible to his constituents. A lorry cleaner before venturing into politics, he rose to be the legislative leader of the party in the Assembly.
Son misses final glimpse of Mallesh
Gunda Praveen, son of Gunda Mallesh, may not be able to attend his father’s funeral since he is stuck in Taiwan and is expected to reach the country by October 27. He is a cargo ship navigator by profession.
“I am devastated by the news. My father has always been a source of inspiration for me. His dedication and passion to serve the public surprised me. He gave me the freedom to choose my career. I cannot express the grief caused by the sudden demise of my father,“ Praveen told ‘Telangana Today’ over the phone.
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