A Memorial meeting of Senior politician and former Karimnagar MLA, Velichala Jagapathi Rao, who passed away recently held in Hyderabad on Saturday at DSR Regent, Club House, Opposite Westin Hotel, Mindspace Madhapur.
Velchala Jagapati Rao was Telangana Tejodhan, the speakers said at Jagapati Rao's memorial service held here on Saturday. Jagapathi Rao commemorative edition published by Vishwanatha Jayanti Sahitya Patrika was unveiled in the meeting. Public representatives, city dignitaries, educationists and family members attended the program in large numbers. Velchala Kondala Rao, Chairman of Vishwanatha Sahitya Peetam(VSP), a literary and cultural organisation conducted the program while Acharya Konka Yadagiri acted as the co-ordinator.
Many speakers praised the multi-faceted personality of Jagapathi Rao in the commemoration meeting. As a political leader, social philosopher, poet and family manager, Jagapathi Rao was hailed as Dhishali(intellectual) who showed love, respect and honesty. From the early days of the Telangana movement till today, he is hailed as a great person who stood till the end of his life without giving in to temptations with selfless courage.
Former Minister K, Vijayarama Rao, Velchala Kondala Rao, Professor Haragopal Rao, Justice Sudarshan Reddy, senior journalists K Ramachandra Murthy, Udayavarlu, Devulapalli Amar, Acharya Anumandla Bhumaiya, Prabhakar, Juvvadi Deviprasad, family members Shobha, Annapurna, Karthik and others participated in this program.
Jagapthi Rao, who was suffering with health problems for quite some time, breathed his last while undergoing treatment in a private hospital in Hyderabad recently.
The 87 years old Rao was an MLA from Jagtial assembly constituency on a Congress party ticket in the year 1972. Then became an MLC in 1978. Subsequently he became an MLA in 1989 from Karimnagar. He worked as AICC general secretary.
He was a strong Telangana protagonist. He wrote a number of articles in newspapers explaining the injustice done to Telangana along with statistics.