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Telangana activist Konda Lakshman Bapuji dies at 97

September 21, 2012
Hyderabad

Telangana activist and former minister Konda Lakshman Bapuji passed away today at his residence in Ashok Nagar, Hyderabad after battling ill health for the past few months. He was 97.

Konda Lakshman Bapuji was born on September 27, 1915 at Wankidi village in Adilabad district. His father was Bapuji and mother Ammakka. Bapuju started his career as a lawyer and has practiced criminal laws for 17 years between 1940 and 1957. Bapuji is a also a freedom fighter and has participated in the Quit India Movement in August 1942.

After India gained Independence, Lakshman Bapuji played an active role in the Non Mulkhi agitation in 1952. He also led Telangana agitations several times for a separate Telangana state. Lakshman Bapuji was the first minister to have resigned in 1969 demanding a separate Telangana State.

Lakshman Bapuji was an active member in the Telugu Desam Party. Following differences with the TDP President N Chandrababu Naidu, he left TDP and joined the Telangana Rashtra Samithi in 2001. Before joining the TRS, Bapuji was an MLA and served in the post of Deputy Speaker of the Andhra Pradesh Assembly. He was elected as MLA for 5 times from 1952-1978. He was the Deputy Speaker of the Assembly from 1957-1960 and has been a Cabinet Rank Ministers twice for the State Government. He held the portfolio of Hand looms, Textiles, Small Scale Industries and Excise Department from 1960-62 and the Labour, Information and Public Relations Departments porfolio in the second term (1967 - 1969).

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