Konda Laxman Bapuji Profile: Konda Laxman Bapuji (27 September 1915 – 21 September 2012) was an Indian freedom fighter who participated in the Telangana Rebellion. He died on 21 September 2012 at his residence in Hyderabad
Konda Laxman Bapuji Profile
Bapuji was born in Wankidi village, Adilabad district, Hyderabad State in Padmashali community.
He participated in the Quit India movement in 1942, in the 1952 Non mulki agitation and 1969 Telangana Agitation. He was the first minister to resign from his post for Telangana cause in 1969.
He was a member of Telangana Sadhana Samithi. He announced, “We solemnly declare statehood for Telangana on November 2, 2008.”
He was instrumental in forming Akhila Bharat padmashali sangam at Hyderabad.
Mr. Bapuji met Mahatma Gandhi in 1931 and inspired by him, he participated in quit India movement and also waged battle against the Nizam and the Razaakars during the Telangana armed struggle in 1947-48.
He was first elected as MLA from Asifabad constituency in Adilabad district in 1952. In 1957, Asifabad became a reserved constituency so he shifted to Nalgonda district which had large number of padmashali population. He won from Chinna Kodur (later renamed as Bhongir) constituency in 1957 and served as deputy speaker from 1957 to 1960 and as minister from 1960 to 1962.
He unsuccessfully contested as MLA from Munugodu constituency in 1962 but later on served as MLA and minister (1967-69) for two terms from Bhongir assembly constituency (1967-72, 1972-78).
Because of his capabilities, straightforward nature and the clean image he was frontrunner for the CM post on two occasions. It was a well-known fact that due to caste equation and internal politics within the Congress he missed the bus. Unhappy with the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s opposition to the Mandal commission recommendations, he resigned from the primary membership of the Congress in 1987.
Unlike most leaders from Telangana region, Konda Laxman Bapuji had the courage to sacrifice and remained out of power for four decades to achieve Telangana statehood.