Andhra Pradesh pays rich tribute to Potti Sriramulu

Potti Sriramulu

On Thursday, on the occasion of Amarajeevi Potti Sriramulu’s birth anniversary, Andhra Pradesh Governor S. Abdul Nazeer and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy paid rich tributes to Amarajeevi Potti Sriramulu.

After Potti Sriramulu achieved martyrdom, the governor stated that Potti Sriramulu made the supreme sacrifice by giving up his life for the cause of a separate state Andhra, and that the hopes and dreams of the people of Andhra became a reality as a result of his actions.

On the occasion of Amarajeevi Potti Sriramulu’s birth anniversary, the Chief Minister presented floral tributes to Amarajeevi Potti Sriramulu at the Secretariat here. Additional attendees included the State Finance Minister B Rajendranath and the Chief Secretary K. S. Jawahar Reddy.

At the same time, members of the YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) gathered at the party’s central office to commemorate the anniversary of Potti Sriramulu’s birth by paying tribute to the revolutionary.

In addition to other party leaders, Assembly Deputy Speaker K Veerabhadra Swamy, former Minister V Srinivasa Rao, MLA M Giridhar, and YSRCP Leader L Appi Reddy were present at the event.

N. Chandrababu Naidu, the leader of the opposition and president of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), has also paid his respects to Potti Sriraulu. He characterised the sacrifice that Potti Sriramulu made for the dignity of the Telugu people as being remarkable and praised him for doing so.

“Only when the people of Andhra accomplish the goal of development and make the state the leader in the nation will the self-sacrifice of Sriramulu garu be appreciated for what it was. On the occasion of the anniversary of Sriramulu’s birth, tributes were paid to the memory of the great man “the former chief minister said in a tweet.

Potti Sriramulu passed away in 1952 after going on a hunger strike for 56 days in Madras to demand that Telugu people be given their own independent state. Andhra State, with Kurnool as its capital, was carved out of what was formerly known as Madras State in 1953.

In 1956, Andhra State was combined with Telugu-speaking Telangana to form the new state of Andhra Pradesh as a result of the reorganisation of states based on linguistic criteria.

In 2014, the state of Telangana was successfully separated from its parent state, Andhra Pradesh.

Who was Potti Sriramulu?

Potti Sriramulu (5 March 1901 – 15 December 1952) was an Indian freedom fighter and political activist known for his instrumental role in the creation of the state of Andhra Pradesh. He is considered to be one of the greatest heroes of the Telugu-speaking people and a prominent figure in the Indian independence movement.

Early Life: Potti Sriramulu was born on 5 March 1901 in a village called Pandrugonda, located in the Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh. His father, Guraviah, was a farmer and Sriramulu grew up in a humble family with a traditional Indian upbringing. Despite facing financial challenges, Sriramulu was a bright student and completed his primary education in his village. He later moved to Chennai for higher education, where he pursued his studies in law.

Freedom Movement: Inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s freedom struggle, Sriramulu became involved in the Indian National Congress and started participating in various protests and rallies. He played a crucial role in the Non-Cooperation Movement and actively participated in the Salt Satyagraha. During the Quit India Movement, Sriramulu was imprisoned for several years.

Fight for Andhra Pradesh: After India gained independence, Sriramulu became a fierce advocate for the creation of a separate state for Telugu-speaking people. He went on a hunger strike on 19 October 1952, demanding the formation of Andhra Pradesh, which was then a part of the Madras Presidency. Despite numerous attempts to persuade him to break his fast, Sriramulu refused to budge, and his health began to deteriorate rapidly. On the 58th day of his fast, he passed away on 15 December 1952.

Legacy: Sriramulu’s sacrifice led to the formation of Andhra Pradesh, which was created on 1 October 1953. The state is now the eighth-largest in India and has a population of over 50 million. The Potti Sriramulu Telugu University in Hyderabad was established in his honor in 1985, and numerous other institutions, roads, and buildings have been named after him.

Conclusion: Potti Sriramulu was a selfless freedom fighter who devoted his life to the service of his country and his people. His hunger strike for the formation of Andhra Pradesh is an important event in India’s history, and his legacy continues to inspire generations of Indians to fight for their rights and beliefs.

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