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GLOWING TRIBUTES: Senior leader of Telangana Martyrs Movement Guruva Reddy garlands the portrait of Badam Yella Reddy, whose birth centenary was celebrated in Hyderabad on Monday. PHOTO: P.V.Sivakumar
GLOWING TRIBUTES: Senior leader of Telangana Martyrs Movement Guruva Reddy garlands the portrait of Badam Yella Reddy, whose birth centenary was celebrated in Hyderabad on Monday. PHOTO: P.V.Sivakumar

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MP regrets lack of memorial for the important movement

Birth centenary celebrations of Baddam Yella Reddy, one of the movement's frontrunner, heldYella Reddy's predictions hailed for accuracy

HYDERABAD: Nalgonda MP and member of the Central Secretariat of the CPI, S. Sudhakar Reddy, has deplored that no Government till date had bothered to institute a memorial for the 4,500-odd martyrs of the Telangana armed struggle.

Participating in the birth centenary celebrations of Baddam Yella Reddy, who was acknowledged as the frontrunner of the struggle along with Ravi Narayan Reddy and Maqdoom Mohiuddin, the CPI MP said it was a pity that the anti-power tariff hike agitation seven years ago, which claimed three lives in police firing in the city, had seen the setting up of a memorial but a movement with such heavy casualties did not have one.

Conspiracy alleged

He also resented a deep-rooted conspiracy to give a communal colour to the movement. Former Planning Commission member Ch. Hanumantha Rao said predictions made by Yella Reddy and Devulapalli Venkateswara Rao in a book jointly authored by them in 1944 came much faster than they had imagined. They had predicted freedom for the country and accession of the princely state of Hyderabad with the Indian Union.

Freedom fighter Mallu Swarajyam recalled her marriage to Mallu Venkata Narasimha Reddy, an underground activist of the struggle, on the sidelines of the Visalandhra Mahasabha organised by Yella Reddy and Ravi Narayan Reddy in May 1954.

Record of sorts

Former Minister P. Narsa Reddy said Yella Reddy won a by-election from Buggaram in Karimnagar district in 1958 as a Communist party candidate against heavy deployment of resources by the Congress. He won by a margin of 30,000 votes without making a single promise as the Congress deployed 30 cars in electioneering and gave all sorts of assurances to voters.

CPI State secretary K. Narayana said the party had decided to celebrate the centenary of Yella Reddy throughout 2006, as the date of his birth could not be traced. Ch. Rajeswara Rao, secretary of Telangana martyrs memorial trust, which organised the programme, and TRS MLA, S. Santosh Reddy, also spoke.


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