Kin of ‘Telangana Gandhi’ live in penury

"While his son is unable to get proper treatment for his illness due to poverty, one of his grandsons, Purnachander, is working as a part-time faculty at the CKM aided college drawing a meagre salary," says Kolanupaka Kumara Swamy

By Author  |  Published: 15th Mar 2019  12:06 amUpdated: 15th Mar 2019  12:38 am
File Photo. Sulakshya Seva Samiti president Santosh Manduva with veteran freedom fighter Bhupathi Krishna Murthy.

Warangal Urban: Descendants of freedom fighter Bhupathi Krishna Murthy, popularly known as ‘Telangana Gandhi’, are leading miserable lives and are seeking help from the government. Admirers of ‘Telangana Gandhi’ have urged the State government to take steps to provide succour to them.

“While his son is unable to get proper treatment for his illness due to poverty, one of his grandsons, Purnachander, is working as a part-time faculty at the CKM aided college drawing a meagre salary,” says Kolanupaka Kumara Swamy, journalist and admirer of Bhupathi Krishna Murthy. Krishna Murthy, who passed away on Feb 15, 2015 at the age of 89, was a close associate of Mahatma Gandhi since pre-independence days and had brought Gandhi to Warangal those days. He fought against the British, Nizam rulers and the feudal lords of Telangana region.

Krishna Murthy, who was actively involved in separate Telangana struggle, strongly opposed the merger of Telangana with Andhra Pradesh State in the 1950s. Throughout his life, he remained a staunch supporter of separate Telangana and contested for the Assembly from Warangal thrice but lost by narrow margins. It was said that Kirshna Murthy was offered a MLA ticket by P V Narasimha Rao and N T Rama Rao but he refused on ideological grounds.

Founder president of Sulakshya Seva Samithi (SSS) Santhosh Manduva urged the State government to provide financial assistance to the family of Krishna Murthy. “The simple and pious man had a chance to amass crores but didn’t even own a house. The State government made many promises when he was alive but none of them became a reality. I had been to his house just a few days ago and learnt that their family made numerous representations both to the district administration and elected representatives but no one is seriously concerned about resolving their issues,” he added.

Krishna Murthy reportedly disposed of nearly 100 acres inherited by him and used it for the Indian freedom struggle as well as separate Statehood movement.