Rich tributes were paid to Sardar Gouthu Latchanna by leaders cutting across party lines here on Tuesday. Minister for Social Welfare and Roads and Building, Pithani Satyannarayana unveiled the bronze statue of Lachchanna.

A meeting was arranged in this connection which was presided over by Rajahmundry city MLA Routhu Suryaprakasa Rao. Rajahmundry MP Vundavalli Arun Kumar was honorary guest for the programme. Former minister and son of Goutthu Lachhanna Gouthu Syamsunder Shivaji and daughter of Gouthu Lachhanna Ravala Jhansi Lakshmi, former minister Pilli Subhash Chandra Bose were special invites.

Mr Satyannarayana described Gouthu Lachchanna as a champion of weaker sections.