Seelam appeals to Dalit Christian community to strengthen the Congress

The district and city Congress units felicitated Union Minister of State for Finance J.D. Seelam at Tummalapalli Kshetrayya Kalakshetram here on Saturday.

On the occasion, speakers wished that Mr. Seelam be appointed as Union Finance Minister in 2014.

Recalling his service to the party and nation, they said that AICC president Sonia Gandhi took an appropriate decision by appointing him as Minister. His appointment was an honour to every Dalit in the country, they said.

The speakers recalled that Mr. Seelam served as an assistant professor at a college.

In 1983, he passed the Indian Police Service (IPS) exam.

The following year, he cleared the IAS exam.

He served in various positions in Karnataka before taking voluntary retirement in 1999. He joined the Congress but lost the 1999 Lok Sabha election from Bapatla constituency.

However, in 2004 he was sent to the Rajya Sabha, they said.

Mr. Seelam served in various Parliamentary Committees such as water resources, social justice and empowerment, and welfare of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.

He also played a crucial role in the constituencies’ reorganisation process and drew the attention of the Congress high command, they said.

The Union Minister’s wife Sujatha, Secondary Education Minister K. Parthasarathy, Official Language Commission Chairman Mandali Buddha Prasad, Vijayawada MP Lagadapati Rajagopal, MLC Ilapuram Venkaiah, Vijayawada (West) MLA Velampalli Srinivas, Vijayawada (East) MLA Malladi Vishnu, former Minister Devineni Rajasekhar (Nehru), former Mayors M. Ratnabindu and Mallika Begum, District Congress president Naraharisetti Narasimha Rao, city Congress president Meesala Rajeswara Rao, and working president Adapa Nagendra were present.

Union Minister of State for Finance J.D Seelam on Saturday appealed to the members of Dalit Christian community to strengthen the Congress Party and help the party to win the maximum number of Parliament seats.

Speaking at a felicitation meeting held at Andhra Christian College here, Mr. Seelam asserted that it was Congress alone which could guarantee the safety and security of minorities in the country.

College days

As an alumnus of AC College, Mr. Seelam reminisced of the days he had spent in the college and said that the college taught him leadership qualities.

Stating that Christianity has been a religion which has love, compassion and charity as the core values, he called upon the leaders from the community to enter politics.

Mr. Seelam showered lavish praises on Sonia Gandhi and said that she showed true forgiveness when she sought pardon for the killers of her husband and former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

Rousing welcome

Earlier, the Minister was accorded a rousing welcome by leaders of various Churches. Vice-Chairman of A.P Minorities Commission P.N.S Bose, AMG India Managing Director Arun Kumar Mohanty, Bible Mission vice-president J. Samuel Kiran, AELC Synod president Ch. Elia felicitated the Minister.

Minister for Agriculture Kanna Lakshminarayana was also present.

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