Alluri Sitaramaraju pride of Telugus
The Prime Minister lauded the revolutionary freedom fighter Alluri Sitarama Raju as the pride of Telugu people as well as the nation.
AMARAVATI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled a 30-foot tall bronze statue of Alluri Sitarama Raju in Bhimavaram on Monday signifying the 125th birth anniversary celebrations of Alluri, in sync with the "Azadi ka Amrut Mahotsav" — celebration of 75 years of India's Independence.
The Prime Minister lauded the revolutionary freedom fighter Alluri Sitarama Raju as the pride of Telugu people as well as the nation. He said that people were brought together with his slogan of 'Manade Rajyam'. Alluri Sitaramaraju revolted against the British since a young age and Modi wanted the youth to emulate him for the development of the country.
He said that the Central government was implementing various schemes to benefit farmers, youth and women in the last eight years. He spoke about the 750 Ekalavya Schools for education in mother tongue and moving forward with development and welfare. He said that to honour tribals, tribal museums and an Alluri Memorial Museum would be set up in Lambasinghi to commemorate the sacrifices of tribals in the freedom struggle. The Prime Minister said that all areas related to Alluri Sitarama Raju would be developed including Dhyana Mandiram and Chintapalli Police Station in Mogallu.
Addressing the gathering, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy recalled the valour and courage of the revolutionary leader.
He recalled many people who sacrificed their lives in the battle for an Independent India for 190 years. He said that Alluri Sitarama Raju was an inspiration, not just to the Telugu people but for the entire world.
He said that Alluri Sitarama Raju and his followers aspired for a society that was safe from exploitation by foreign countries.
He also said that a district was created exclusively for tribals, for whose cause he fought during his lifetime, in his name.
Union Minister Kishan Reddy, Governor Biswabhushan Harichandan, Actor Chiranjeevi and many other AP ministers were part of the programme.
The Prime Minister was presented with a bow and an arrow