Sanjeevaiah remembered

The 40th death anniversary of former chief minister Damodaram Sanjeevaiah was observed at various places in the district in which Congressmen paid tributes to the leader who was known for his values and simple living.

Congressmen distributed sweets and fruits to the poor and conducted meetings hailing the sacrifices of the leader.

At Pezzonipet, former Congress floor leader in Vijayawada Municipal Council Meesala Rajeswara Rao garlanded the statue of the leader.

Krishna District Congress Committee president (in charge) N. Narasimha Rao said that Sanjeevaiah was born at Kurnool in 1921 and went to Chennai to study law and as a law apprentice, he had moved with several Congress leaders.

“His acquaintances with great leaders attracted him towards politics. He was known for his morals and values in politics. He never resorted to amassing wealth and when he died on May 7, 1972 his bank balance was just Rs.19, 000 and he had an old Fiat car,” he added.

He had played a crucial role in nurturing Congress as the president of All India Congress Committee from 1962 to 1964. “In 1960 he was elected the first Dalit Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh.

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