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‘Chandrashekar a role model for present-day politicians’

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Recognition: (From left) Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs S. Suresh Kumar, the former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda, the former Minister V.S. Krishna Iyer, Leader of the Oppostiion in the Legislative Assembly Siddaramaiah and others felicitating the former Minister M. Chandrashekar in Bangalore on Friday.
Recognition: (From left) Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs S. Suresh Kumar, the former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda, the former Minister V.S. Krishna Iyer, Leader of the Oppostiion in the Legislative Assembly Siddaramaiah and others felicitating the former Minister M. Chandrashekar in Bangalore on Friday.

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Leaders hail the former Minister’s contribution

Bangalore: The former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda, Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly Siddaramaiah and several other leaders on Friday lauded the contributions of the former Minister M. Chandrashekar in various aspects of politics and development and said he is a role model for the present-day politicians.

Mr. Chandrashekar, who tuned 80, born in a rich family joined politics to serve society, said Mr. Gowda and recalled his role during the J.P. Movement, Sarvodaya Movement and the Emergency in the mid 1970s.

All through he led a simple, sincere and honest life during his active days in politics. Mr Chandrashekar, who was the Urban Development Minister in the Ramakrishna Hegde Government, contributed to the development of Bangalore City, Mr. Gowda said.

Freedom fighter H.S. Doreswamy, Mr. Gowda, Siddaramaiah and the former Ministers P.G.R. Sindhia, V.S. Krishna Iyer, the former Legislative Council Chairman B.L. Shankar, and several other politicians felicitated Mr. Chandrashekar on his birthday on Friday.

The M. Chandrashekar Felicitation Committee organised the programme.

Biography released

Mr. Siddaramaiah released a biography of Mr. Chandrashekar, who holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering, and said was his Cabinet colleague in the Ramakrishna Hegde Government had practised value-based politics. No programme was being held in Bangalore without participation of Mr. Chandrashekar and Mr. Doreswamy. Unlike present day leaders who join politics to make money, Mr. Chandrashekar joined politics only to serve the downtrodden, he said. R. Mohan Kumar has author the autobiography.

Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister S. Suresh Kumar, who participated in the programme as a representative of the Chief Minister, said he and Mr. Chandrasheakar spent days together in the Central Jail in Bangalore during the Emergency.

Mr. Shankar recalled his association with the former minister and said Mr. Chandrashekar followed the values preached by the Father of the Nation and said he was Bangalore’s Gandhi while Mr. Doreswamy was Karnataka’s Gandhi.

Mr. Iyer, Mr Sindhia, former Kannada Development Authority Chairman Siddalingaiah, MLC M.P. Nadagouda, the former minister Leeladevi R Prasad spoke and recalled their association with Mr. Chandrashekar.

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