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Jaipal Reddy always stood for righteousness: Manmohan


Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday described late leader Jaipal Reddy as a treasure of “wisdom and knowledge” and said that he always stood for “righteousness” and always opposed anything which he felt was unjust or wrong.

Speaking at a memorial meeting here for Reddy who passed away on July 28, the former Prime Minister said, “I am truly overwhelmed with various feelings as we gather here to pay homage to the memory of my dear friend, colleague and a mass leader Jaipal Reddyji.”

He said he was saddened to think that his dear friend Reddy was not among us at this time of great difficulty.

“Jaipal Reddyji was a treasure of wisdom and knowledge. He was my colleague in my Cabinet for 10 years and a lawmaker for 45 years,” Singh adding, “In his death, it would be no exaggeration to say that Indian politics has lost a brilliant parliamentarian, who packed his speeches with wit, criticism and in-depth information.”

The former Prime Minister said that although Reddy was a professional politician he proved to be an intellectual as well. He said, “A politician with a difference, he was an eloquent orator, a writer, a scholar and a witty speaker. He described himself as a proud Nehruvian socialist.”

Recalling the journey of Reddy, Singh said that he started as a student activist, rose to become president of the Indian Youth Congress from Andhra Pradesh, and then plunged into national politics braving polio among a host of other challenges.

“He went on to survive in the national arena for over four decades. He won four Assembly polls, five Lok Sabha elections, two Rajya Sabha terms and served in the Cabinet of four Union governments. And he bid farewell as a spotless leader who never faced any charge of corruption or impropriety,” Singh said.

“In a political career spanning over 50 years Jaipal Reddyji always stood for righteousness and always opposed anything which he felt injustice or wrong,” he said.

The former Prime Minister said that Reddy was always known for standing by his principles and his ideology.

“He was somebody that people looked up to, both in the public and also within the Congress leadership, and he never minced words in expressing his opinion. As we all know, Jaipalji was also a very articulate parliamentarian, who always stuck by whatever decisions he took as a minister whether it pleased somebody or not, he always went according to his beliefs,” Singh said.

Singh said, “He was a staunch supporter of statehood for Telangana and he played a silent yet crucial role in convincing the leaders towards taking the historic decision of dividing Andhra Pradesh and granting separate statehood for Telangana in 2014.”

The former Prime Minister said that it was Reddy’s farsightedness which was instrumental in bringing forth the Prasar Bharati Bill. “As Minister of Information and Broadcasting, he piloted the Prasar Bharati Bill to give autonomy to Doordarshan and All India Radio,” he recalled.

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Jaipal Reddy’s last rites held with full state honours


Senior Congress leader and former Union Minister S. Jaipal Reddy was cremated here on Monday with full state honours.

Relatives, friends and leaders of Congress and other parties bid adieu to Jaipal Reddy, who died on Sunday following a brief illness. He was 77.

The funeral was performed near PV Ghat on Necklace Road abutting Hussain Sagar lake in the heart of the city.

Jaipal Reddy’s elder son Arvind Reddy lit the funeral pyre amid chanting of Vedic hymns by priests while Telangana Police offered a gun salute.

The Telangana government had Monday announced a state funeral for Jaipal Reddy.

Top Congress leaders including Ghulam Nabi Azad, Mallikarjun Kharge, former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, former Karnataka Assembly speaker Ramesh Kumar, and Telangana Congress chief Uttam Kumar Reddy, Telangana minister T. Srinivas Yadav and leaders of the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) were among those who attended the funeral.

Earlier, the mortal remains of the deceased leader were brought from his residence in Jubliee Hills to state Congress headquarters at Gandhi Bhavan, where several leaders and workers of the party paid their last respects.

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S.Jaipal Reddy: The eternal spokesperson of politics

From a student leader who rose from Andhra Pradesh’s Osmania University, Jaipal Reddy made his own mark in the national politics. He took on former prime minister Indira Gandhi in then Andhra Pradesh’s Medak constituency in the 1980 Lok Sabha polls after quitting the Congress protesting against Emergency.

Despite losing, Reddy established himself as a gritty, uncompromising politician who never allowed his affliction with polio to affect him.

He was one of the main voices in the opposition when the Congress swept the 1984 Lok Sabha elections and was general secretary of the Janata Party.

Reddy took on the Congress governments firing salvos at corruption scandals. He represented Mahbubnagar in 1984 and later got elected from Miryalguda (1999 and 2004) and Chevella in 2009.

He emerged as one of the main architects of the coalition politics and played a crucial part in the formation of United Front government and also become a minister in the Inder Kumar Gujral’s cabinet.

His oratory skills earned him the best Parliamentarian award in 1998 and he became a well-known face being a spokesperson of the parties he represented including the United Front.

His political life took another turn when he returned to the Congress and became Union minister in Dr. Manmohan Singh’s cabinet in 2004.

He handled ministries of Information and Broadcasting, Urban Development and Culture. In the second stint of United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, his removal from the petroleum ministry stirred a political storm as he was shifted to ministry of science and technology and earth sciences.

He retreated from the national political scene after the Congress was wiped out in 2014.

Reddy himself lost from Mahbubnagar, and confined himself to Telangana politics but could not revive the Congress’ fortunes in the state.

The Congress lost the Telangana Assembly elections, which was a personal setback for Reddy. His close relative Revanth Reddy, who was the working president of state Congress Committee, could not win his own seat.

Many Congress leaders deserted the party and blamed Reddy for his style of functioning. Reddy’s critics often felt that despite being a prominent and articulate voice in New Delhi’s political corridors, he was never at ease in state politics despite a prolonged career.

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Jaipal Reddy calls KCR a ‘casino gambler’


For the first time, former union minister and Congress veteran S Jaipal Reddy today came out strongly against Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and accused the latter of resorting to political gambling. Jaipal, who used to describe state politics as too local for his stature, this time round, used choicest abuses against KCR. But, his language was too elitist and not easily understandable for the vernacular voter of Warangal Lok Sabha constituency. Jaipal, winner of the best parliamentarian award instituted by Parliament of India, excoriated the politics of KCR and TRS as surfeit of arrogance. ” There is one word in English which suits correctly to the politics of KCR- He is running Casino Politics- the politics of gambling. Casino politics involve high stakes. He wants to transform India and its democracy into Los Vegas. In this casino politics, you claim everything your own simply because you are the winner of stake,” he said.

Though Jaipal used an elitist language, the criticism is too serious. He was referring to Casino Capitalism, which was first used by Maynard Keynes, to convey immoral and insidious influence of an economic policies freed from restraint. ” KCR is applying casino politics to democracy. Since he won the election and formed the government, he thinks, he was at liberty to do whatever he likes,” Jaipal elaborated.

Jaipal Reddy addressed media at Gandhi Bhavan in connection with the Warangal by-election flanked by Congress leaders Narsimha Reddy, Mallu Ravi, Shravan Dasoju, Ponnam Prabhakar, Bikshmaiah Goud.
Referring to the claim of KCR that he had fulfilled 99 per cent of the poll promises, Jaipal said, ” KCR is the only chief minister in the Independent India who made most impracticable poll promises and broke them all.

Describing the KCR as arrogant politician and the Warangal by-election was the result of his arrogance, he averred and added that there was need to teach him a lesson. “You removed deputy chief minister T Rajaiah accusing him of corruption. But you had never revealed what Rajaiah’s corruption was, nor did you take any action against Rajaiah. It is incumbent on the government to tell the people about the corrupt practices of a minister if he was removed. Otherwise, people are forced to take this as your act of arrogance,” he remarked.

He said KCR had broken all his poll promises which include 3 acres of land for each dalit family, two-bed room house, loan waiver, KG to PG free education etc. He urged Warangal voters to defeat KCR. ” A defeat for KCR was necessary for the state, even though it won’t bring down the TRS government. But, it is needed because it demolishes the arrogance of KCR,” he said.

Stating that Warangal election was a straight fight between Congress and TRS, the former union minister said the defeat of TRS would be a referendum on his government and his programs.

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