TAMIL NADU

Rich tributes paid to Murthy

BANGALORE, DEC. 27. Prominent personalities, including Dr. Manmohan Singh, senior Congress leader and former Union Finance Minister, on Thursday paid tributes to the Kanakapura MP and former Union Minister of State for Finance, M.V.Chandrashekara Murthy, who passed away last month.

Speaking at a meeting organised by the M.V.Chandrashekara Murthy Memorial Forum, Dr. Singh referred to reports of corruption and mismanagement at high places and said he was fortunate that when he was the Finance Minister, the important department of Revenue was in the honest hands of Murthy.

Dr. Singh referred to Mr. Murthy's qualities of leadership, dedication to ideals, and commitment to the welfare of the people and said today the country needed leaders of integrity, dedication, capability and having deep and abiding faith in building new India. Murthy was one such leader.

Mr. Jaffer Sharief, MP, the KPCC President, Mr. Allum Veerabhadrappa, the Law Minister Mr. D.B.Chandre Gowda, the Cooperation Minister, Mr. D.K.Shivakumar, Mr. P.Ramaiah, MLC, Mr. G.Narayan, former president of Kannada Sahitya Parishat, and others recalled their association with Murthy.

The speakers referred to Murthy's simplicity, unassuming and non-controversial nature, and his loyalty to the Congress even during the most testing time and said the best tribute to him was for one to remain steadfast with the ideas and ideals which were dear to Murthy.

The former Union Finance Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, paying homage to M.V.Chandrashekar Murthy in Bangalore on Thursday. (From left) Mr. Jaffer Sharief, MP, Mr. D.B.Chandre Gowda, Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs, and Mr. Allum Veerabhadrappa, KPCC President, are seen. --photo Sampath Kumar G.P.