Communist leader Mallu Swarajyam passes away

Hyderabad, March 20 : Comm st leader Mallu Swarajyam passed away at a corporate hospital in Hyderabad, Telangana on Saturday night while undergoing treatment. The 92-year-old leader was admitted in Care hospital here on March 1 for treatment of eumonia and breathed her last at about 7:30 pm on Saturday. Swarajyam was born in a semi-feudal family at Karvirala Kothagudem of Thungathurthy mandal of Suryapet district in 1931. She was named Swarajyam by her parents who participated in satyagrahas during the freedom struggle. She was inspired by her brother Bheemreddy Narasimha Reddy. Swarajyam was attracted to Comm sm at the age of 10 after reading the book ‘Mother’ authored by Maxim Gorky. She motivated people by singing revolutionary songs during the armed struggle against the zamindars and Razakars during the Nizam’s rule between 1945 and 1948. The Nizam government announced a reward of Rs 10,000 on Swarajyam’s head. She was elected Legislator of Thungathurthy Assembly constituency in erstwhile Andhra Pradesh governments twice from Comm st Party of India in 1978 and 1983. Meanwhile, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao has mourned the death of Mallu Swarajyam, a former MLA, member of the Central Committee of the Comm st Party of India (CPI), a champion of the oppressed people. In a message late last night, the Chief Minister said that Mallu Swarajyam was a women warrior who grew up with the dynamism instilled by Tungaturti Gadda, which was a center of the peasant struggle of the day. Rao said that Mallu Swarajyam, who has worked tirelessly for the people all her life, is an inspiration to future generations. The loss of a woman leader like Mallu Swarajyam is a big void to Telangana. The Chief Minister expressed his condolences to the members of the bereaved family. VV PRT

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