Telangana Congress wants Bharat Ratna posthumously for S. Jaipal Reddy

Revanth Reddy said if the dream of a separate Telangana state was realized it was because of the vital role played by Jaipal Reddy and nobody else.

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  16 Jan 2022 10:22 AM GMT
Telangana Congress wants Bharat Ratna posthumously for S. Jaipal Reddy

Hyderabad: The Telangana Congress leaders on Sunday paid tribute to former Union minister S. Jaipal Reddy on his 80th birth anniversary and appealed to the Centre to award him the Bharat Ratna posthumously.

Telangana Congress chief A. Revanth Reddy and senior party leaders V. Hanumanth Rao, Mallu Ravi, Komatireddy Venkat Reddy, Anjan Kumar Yadav, Dr. G. Chinna Reddy, Ramulu Naik, Madhu Yashi, Gone Prakash Rao, and Prof. M. Kodandarami paid rich floral tributes to Jaipal Reddy here on Sunday.

Several politicians across the party lines and family members visited 'Spoorthi Sthal', Jaipal Reddy Memorial Place, at PVR Marg (Necklace Road) and recalled his contributions and services to the society. Strict COVID-19 protocols were followed with a limited gathering.

Revanth Reddy said if the dream of a separate Telangana state was realized it was because of the vital role played by Jaipal Reddy and nobody else, unlike those claimed by the TRS party and Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao.

He added, "Democracy doesn't mean the dictatorial attitudes of the present government. Democracy doesn't mean jumping parties and buying votes, leaders, and commissions. Jaipal Reddy was a fine human being who stood for socialist and democratic values. He was a progressive leader." He said that to preserve democratic values and continue the legacy of such leaders, the Congress party must come to power.

Recalling the former leader's contribution to the state and the nation, Mallu Ravi appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to award Jaipal Reddy the Bharat Ratna posthumously.

Jaipal Reddy is hailed for his liberal, progressive, and democratic values. He was a Member of the Legislative Assembly four consecutive times and was a Member of Parliament seven times. He was a Union Cabinet minister for more than 10 years. His contribution to the discussions in Parliament earned him "The Outstanding Parliamentarian Award, 1998". He passed away on 28 July 2019 at the age of 77 years.

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