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CM hails K.C.Reddy's contribution to State

By Our Staff Reporter

Bangalore May 5. The Chief Minister, S.M.Krishna, today recalled the rich contribution of the late K.Changalaraya Reddy, the first Chief Minister of the Old Mysore State after Independence, for "his stewardship of the agitation for establishing a responsible government replacing the Maharaja's rule."

Inaugurating the 100th birth anniversary celebrations of Reddy, organised by the State Government at the Banquet Hall of the Vidhana Soudha, Mr. Krishna said Reddy was a model for people who wanted to be in public life. His patriotism, courage of conviction, and honesty were worthy of emulation by today's politicians, he said.

Reddy, who ruled for over four years from October 1947, laid the foundation for the development of the new State. Mr. Krishna, who had seen Reddy as a small boy, suggested that the State Legislature Secretariat bring out a book on the life of Reddy. He also released a book on Reddy authored by Ravindranath.

The Chairman of the Karnataka Administrative Reforms Commission, Harnahalli Ramaswamy, a freedom fighter, said the Praja Paksha had strong roots in the Old Mysore State, and had good representation in the then Mysore Representative Assembly. Reddy was in the forefront of all movements, and the Congress, which was not strong then, thought of taking him into the party. Reddy joined the Congress at the instance of Mahatma Gandhi. After meeting him, Reddy remarked that Gandhi treated him like his son, Mr. Ramaswamy said.

Mr. Ramaswamy, who was then the Hassan District Congress President, said that after taking over the leadership of the party, he was active in organising agitations at Vidurashwatha and Shivapura for independence. The then Dewan of Mysore, Ramaswamy Mudaliar, misguided the king not to join the Indian Union, but the king was persuaded by Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel to accede to India. But the agitation did not end as the king refused to hand over power to an elected body. It was then that an agitation was started, led by Reddy, T.Subramanyam, and K.T.Bhashyam, for a responsible government, Mr. Ramaswamy said.

Thousands of people were jailed and police fired at the agitators, and it was Reddy who held discussions with the king, he said. The Legislative Assembly Speaker, M.V.Venkatappa, a follower of Reddy, presided over the function. Mr. Venkatappa said the trait of honesty was missing among the present-day politicians. The Legislative Council Chairman, B.L.Shankar, called for organising seminars and debates for highlighting the qualities of Reddy which could be emulated by the politicians. A code of conduct for legislators on their behaviour inside the House and outside, was also needed, he added. The former Chief Minister, S.R.Bommai, hailed the contribution of Reddy, Kengal Hanumanthaiya, and S.Nijalingappa to the State.

Expressing disenchantment over the growing corruption and the deterioration of values among men in public life, the Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council, K.H.Srinivasa, said Reddy did not make efforts to cling to power when he was not re-elected leader of the party in 1952.

The Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister, D.B.Chandre Gowda, the Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Minister, M.V.Ghorpade, the Textiles Minister, M.Mahadev, the Minister of State for Kannada and Culture, Rani Satish, the Chairman of the Backward Classes Commission, Muniraju, and V.R.Sudarshan, Nagaraju, N.Sampangi, and Munivenkata Reddy, legislators, were present.

H.G.V.Reddy, former BDA Chairman and a relative of Changalaraya Reddy, thanked the Chief Minister for organising the function.

The Minister for Mines and Geology, Muniyappa, proposed a vote of thanks.

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