Hyderabad: Several leaders, including the Chief Minister, Mr N Kiran Kumar Reddy, and the Leader of the Opposition, Mr Nara Chandrababu Naidu, have visited the body of former MP, Bommagani Dharma Bhiksham at Maqdhoom Bhavan and paid floral tributes.
The body of Dharma Biksham, who died on Saturday night, was placed at Makdhum Bhavan, the CPI State Head Office, from 9 am to 1 pm for public visit.
Speaking to the media after paying tributes to late leader, the Chief Minister said that Dharma Biksham had worked for uplift of downtrodden sections and participated in Telangana peasants’ armed struggle. He dedicated his entire life for the poor and weaker sections. His life would remain an example for political values and ethics for future generations. The State has lost a great leader in the death of Dharma Biksham, he added.
The TDP Chief, Mr Nara Chandrababu Naidu, said that the Dharma Bhiksham played a key role in Telangana armed struggle. His role in the struggle for land made him a unique leader in the State. His role in achieving financial assistance to toddy trappers from the government was also remarkable. The late CPI leader has stuck to his believed policies until his last breath and always available to the people in whatever position he was, he praised.
After paying tributes to the late leader, the TRS Chief, Mr K Chandrasekhara Rao, said that the life of Dharma Biksham was a model to emulate for future generations in the politics.
The Minister for Panchayat Raj, Mr K Jana Reddy, has stated that Dharma Biksham had treated during his entire life that the society was his family. He strove for solution of issues of various sections of the people in the society, he added.
The Telangana Praja Front Convenor and Balladeer Gaddar said that the man, who stuck to principles until his last breath, would only bring about change in the society. The late leader had unique experience of working in both the armed struggle and parliamentary system, he reminded.
The Telangana JAC leader, Mr Mallepalli Laxmaiah, on behalf of T-JAC, visited the Makdhum Bhavan and paid tributes to the late CPI leader. He said that efforts made by Dharma Biksham for the uplift of caste-based professionals would be taken into consideration in the welfare of the sections after the Telangana State was carved out.
The Ministers, Mr Komati Reddy Venkat Reddy, Mr N. Raghuveera Reddy and Mr Pitani satyanarayana, the Rajya Sabha member, Mr V Hanumantha Rao, the Bhongir MP, Mr Komatireddy Rajagopal Reddy, the CPI(M) State Secretary, Mr B V Raghavulu, the CPI National Deputy General Secretary, Mr Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy and the State Secretary, Dr K Narayana, the TDP leaders, Dr Nagam Janardhan Reddy, Mr Teegala Krishna Reddy, Mr Devender Goud, Mr Mothukupalli narsimhulu and Ms Nannapaneni Raja Kumari, the BJP leader, Mr Bandaru Dattatreya, the CPI(ML-New Democracy) leader, Mr Govardhan were among the leaders who visited body of Dharma Biksham and paid tributes to him.
At 1 pm, the body of Dharma Biksham was shifted to his native place Suryapet in Nalgonda district for final rites. (NSS)