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REMEMBERING A STALWART: Minister of State for Planning M.V. Rajasekharan (second from right) listening to former Chittoor MP N.P. Chengalraya Naidu at a programme in Tirupati on Tuesday. MAIPA chairman A. Eswara Reddi and former MP from Karnataka M. Govinda Reddy are also seen.
REMEMBERING A STALWART: Minister of State for Planning M.V. Rajasekharan (second from right) listening to former Chittoor MP N.P. Chengalraya Naidu at a programme in Tirupati on Tuesday. MAIPA chairman A. Eswara Reddi and former MP from Karnataka M. Govinda Reddy are also seen.

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Birth anniversary of Anantasayanam Ayyangar, second Speaker of Lok Sabha, commemorated

TIRUPATI: Minister of State for Planning, M.V. Rajasekharan, expressed concern over the steep fall in parliamentary ethics. "The proceedings of the House leave an indelible negative impression on the young minds. What kind of message are we sending to the world on parliamentary set-up?" he asked.

Delivering a commemorative lecture on the 116th birth anniversary of M. Anantasayanam Ayyangar, the second speaker of the Lok Sabha and former Governor of Bihar, at a meet organised by Madabhushi Anantasayanam Institute of Public Affairs (MAIPA) on Tuesday, he recalled Gandhiji's words `Politics without principles is a sin' and wondered if the system was going in the right direction.

The Minister explained how Ayyangar had left a lasting impression on his Congress contemporaries such as Gobind Ballabh Pant, Mohd. Ali Jinnah and Satyamurthy in the early thirties by launching a tirade against untouchability. He pointed out that it was Ayyangar who spearheaded a movement for upgrading the federal court to the status of Supreme Court.

Two nonagenarian politicians regaled the audience with anecdotes that revealed Ayyangar's humorous side. Mulka Govinda Reddy, ex-MP and MLA from Karnataka and N.P.Chengalraya Naidu, former MP of Chittoor and the seniormost living politician in the district, explained how Ayyangar stood for values. MAIPA chairman Agarala Eswara Reddi announced that a bronze life-size statue of Ayyangar would be erected soon at Ramakrishna circle in the town.


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