Veteran freedom fighter V P Murthy Raju passes away
Former Andhra Pradesh Minister, renowned Gandhian and freedom fighter V P Murthy Raju died here today at Fatthapuram village in Nidamarru mandal of West Godavari district.
He, 96, had been bedridden for a long time.
His funerals would be held tomorrow in the village, according to family members.
Born in 1919 in a rich agriculture family, Raju was six-time MLA and was Endowment and Marketing Minister in the P V Narasimha Rao's Cabinet in 1972.
Raju, who dedicatedly pursued the path of Gandhi, had donated hundreds of acres of land owned by his family to the poor.
He had earned reputation as 'spotless leader' during his five-decade-long political life.
In 1961, he had launched Sarvodaya movement in village in which the then President of India, Rajendra Prasad, Sarvodaya movment founder Acharya Vinobabave and hundreds of prominent leaders had participated.
He had opened a number of educational institutes in Coastal Andhra Pradesh in which lakhs of students have pursued their studies.
He had built a Gandhi memorial building in Fatthapuram village which resembles to the Parliament building, which inspires people to pursue Gandhism.
He had also established Lalitha Kala Kendram in Tadepalli Gudam for the sake of artists.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, Union Tourism Minister K Chiranjeevi, MPs K Sambasiva Rao, K Bapi Raju, State Tourism Minister Vatti Vasantgha Kumar and a host of political leaders condoled his death.