Chirravuri left an indelible mark on Khammam municipality

Chirravuri left an indelible mark on Khammam municipality
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He was a Marxist to the core. The stamp of Communist Party of India (Marxist) was evident right through Chirravuri Laxminarsaiah’s political career that spanned better part of his life.

Khammam: He was a Marxist to the core. The stamp of Communist Party of India (Marxist) was evident right through Chirravuri Laxminarsaiah’s political career that spanned better part of his life.

Having been elected as municipal chairman four times in a row between 1966 and 1992, Chirravuri not just holds a record of sorts but also stands as a beacon to many a leader. Barring the 1987 election to the municipal chairman post, all other elections were indirectly held in which the Communists’ sway over the region was very much intact.

Born into a rich and educated family at Kaikondayigudem near Khammam on March 20, 1915, Chirravuri carved a niche for himself in the history by participating in the struggle for Independence and later in the Telangana Sayudha Poratam (Peasants Armed Rebellion).

In 1952, for the first time he became the municipal chairman of Khammam. Facing cases related to peasants armed struggle, he filed his nomination papers from jail and was elected as the ward member. Barring his jail life during the China War in 1962, Emergency in 1976 and due to other reasons, he had been active and had given a transparent and efficient administration to the people. During his regime, several developmental works especially focusing on drinking water problem. He died in September 13, 2006 leaving a huge void in the CPI (M).

As long as he was in active politics, the Congress couldn’t even dreamt of clinching the municipal chairman post. Finally it was in 1995, Raparthi Ranga Rao of the Congress had managed to break the hoodoo to clinch the post. But the CPM hit back again in 2005 regaining the chairperson post. Incidentally, the CPM’s Afroz Sameena was the last municipal chairperson before the municipality was upgraded into Corporation in 2012.

Speaking to The Hans India, CPM Telangana state secretary Tammineni Veerabhadram said: “Chirravuri always committed for the welfare of the poor and gave clean governance during his tenure. He adhered to the principles and policies of the party till the end.”

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