MS Rajalingam passes away

Veteran Congress leader and former minister MS Rajalingam died following prolonged illness, at a private hospital in Hyderabad on Monday. Rajalingam was 92.

He was a close associate of Acharya Vinoba Bhave and worked for the Gandhian’s Sarvodaya movement. Born on February 9, 1919 in Warangal, Rajalingam took part in the freedom movement.

Later, at the time of Independence, he fought against the Razakars in the then Hyderabad state. The veteran leader contested from Warangal constituency in 1952 and won a landslide victory.

In the 1957 elections, he contested from Chillamcharla constituency (now Mahabubabad) and was once again elected.

He served as deputy revenue minister in the Burgula Ramakrishna Rao cabinet.

He was also chairman of Gandhi Bhavan in Hyderabad. [Times of India]

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