The veteran Marxist leader lived a spartan life: Yechury

Leaders across the political spectrum on Wednesday recalled the immense contribution of veteran Marxist leader P. Sundaraiah to building the Communist movement in Andhra Pradesh and the country.

Releasing a book in Hindi on the life of Pucchalapalli Sundaraiah, Union Minister for Urban Development S. Jaipal Reddy shared his relationship with the late leader and spoke of the immense knowledge that he brought to debates.

On his part, Bharatiya Janata Party leader M. Venkaiah Naidu lamented the changing attitude in politics and the drifting personal relations among politicians from different parties. He said that while parties had different ideologies earlier, its members used to interact on a social plane, a tradition now on the decline.

Spartan life

Recounting the spartan life led by the Marxist leader, CPI (M) Polit Bureau member Sitaram Yechury said Sundaraiah contributed to ushering in democratic practices in the party structure and worked towards the development of linguistics in the State.

Lakshmi Prasad, a former Telugu Desam Party MP, who heads the Andhra Pradesh Hindi Academy, said that in order to highlight the contribution of leaders such as Alluri Seetaramaraju, Tanguturi Prakasam, and P.V. Narasimha Rao in national politics, the Academy would publish their translated biographies for the benefit of Hindi-speaking people.

Veteran journalist Kuldip Nayar presided over the function held here at the Andhra Pradesh Bhavan.