Rich tributes were paid to Tanguturi Prakasam Pantulu, noted freedom fighter and first Chief Minister of Andhra state formed in 1953, on his 140th birth anniversary here on Tuesday.

Freedom fighters, public representatives, and bureaucrats took part in the impressive celebrations at the ‘Prakasam Bhavan', the Collectorate to remember Prakasam, also the first Chief Minister of Madras Presidency in 1946.

Rare photos

A photo exhibition was organised by the district administration displaying rare pictures of Prakasam during the freedom struggle including the black flag demonstration against the Simon Commission's visit which earned him the sobriquet Andhra Kesri.

Freedom fighters including Prakasam District Freedom Fighters Association president Karavati Venkateswarulu, Sk Ghalib Saheb, A Aswath Narayana, and Swarajyam Lakshmamba paid floral tributes to Prakasam, belonging to a class of politicians who had sacrificed their personal assets for the cause of the nation.

Grandson honoured

Those honoured on the occasion included Tanguturi Gopalakrishna, grandson of the great leader.

Later, district Collector Kantilal Dande taking part in the celebrations in Prakasam's birthplace Vindorayunipalem, urged teachers to create awareness among children on the life history of the great leader.

Participating in the celebrations at Devarampadu, Joint Collector P Lakshminarasimhum said a museum would be set up at the place where Prakasam and other Satyagrahis had broken the Salt law and collected salt on a call given by Mahatma Gandhi.