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Former Minister Vadde Sobhanadreeswara Rao (centre), Krishna District Freedom Fighters Association president Avva Venkata Appa Rao (left) and Andhra Pradesh Freedom Fighters Association president M.S. Rajalingam (right) pay tributes to freedom fighter Gude Mallikharjuna Rao on his first death anniversary in Vijayawada on Sunday.
Former Minister Vadde Sobhanadreeswara Rao (centre), Krishna District Freedom Fighters Association president Avva Venkata Appa Rao (left) and Andhra Pradesh Freedom Fighters Association president M.S. Rajalingam (right) pay tributes to freedom fighter Gude Mallikharjuna Rao on his first death anniversary in Vijayawada on Sunday.

Staff Reporter

Book ‘Mahonnata Vyakthi Mallikharjuna Rao’ released

VIJAYAWADA: Freedom fighter Gude Mallikharjuna Rao’s contribution to liberation of Paritala region from Nizam’s rule came in for wide appreciation on Sunday.

President of Andhra Pradesh State Freedom Fighters Association M.S. Rajalingam released a book titled “Mahonnata Vyakthi Mallikharjuna Rao” on the occasion.

He said the book was a comprehensive history of Paritala and the movement that ultimately resulted in its liberation from the Nizam’s rule.

Despite failing health, the 94-year-old tyagi came all the way from Hyderabad to be present at Mallikharjuna Rao’s memorial meeting.

Former Minister Vadde Shobanadreeswara Rao pointed out that the tyagi served as president of Kothapet village in Paritala region for 30 long years. “During this time, he would come to me with proposals of developmental works that included drinking water projects, pumping schemes and works related to irrigation,” he said.

The book release function coincided with the first death anniversary of the freedom fighter.

Congress MLA Devineni Rajasekhar (Nehru) said because of the sacrifices made by freedom fighters like Mallikharjuna Rao the present generation could enjoy its fruits today.

Former MLC and chairman of the Krishna District Freedom Fighters Association P. Srirama Murthy, who presided over the meeting, recalled his close association with Mr. Mallikharjuna Rao. Mr. Murthy recounted how Yetukuri Krishnamurthy, the general secretary of the State Freedom Fighters’ Association, Mr. Mallikarjun Rao and himself together participated in the fight against Nizam’s rule.

He said Mallikharjuna Rao had taken him and Mr. Krishnamurthy to the factory where crude bombs were manufactured and supplied to the persons leading the movement against Nizam’s autocracy.

President of Krishna District Freedom Fighters Association A. Venkatappa Rao, secretary V. Vaman Rao, CPI city secretary K. Subba Raju, former Mayor Jandhyala Sankar, Congress leader Malladi Vishnu, management consultant M.C. Das, president-elect of the Indian Medical Association G. Samaram and others were present.


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