Hyderabad: On her 128th birth anniversary, Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, alongside several ministers and officials, paid solemn tributes to Veeranari Chakali Ilamma, commemorating her bravery and dynamic role during the Telangana armed struggle.
Across the state, ceremonies were held to honour her contributions, as officials unveiled statues and garlanded portraits to celebrate the legacy of this inspiring figure.
Chief Minister KCR emphasized Ilamma’s resilience, sacrifices, and fighting spirit. He highlighted her as a beacon of democratic values and a symbol of self-respect for the lower classes. He lauded her courage in fighting legal battles for her rights and acknowledged the contribution of heroes like her in the realization and subsequent progress of Telangana.
KCR reiterated the government’s commitment to improving the living standards of all castes and continuing welfare efforts for women from BCs and MBCs. He also took the opportunity to present the state government’s efforts and schemes aimed at the welfare and development of women, BCs, and MBCs, and underscored the government’s dedication to the welfare of the people.
Finance Minister Harish Rao praised KCR’s leadership and contrasted it with leaders of the BJP and Congress, underscoring KCR’s commitment and achievements in Telangana’s development. At the unveiling ceremony of Chakali Ilamma statue in Siddipet, he criticized Prime Minister Narendra Modi for copying CM KCR’s financial aid scheme for BCs and announced the christening of Siddipet Open Air Auditorium as Chakali Ilamma Auditorium.
Ministers Vemula Prashanth Reddy, Jagdish Reddy, Srinivas Goud, and Indrakaran Reddy also commemorated Ilamma’s birth anniversary in their respective districts, each paying tribute to her fearless struggle and unwavering spirit for the rights of the weaker sections. They all echoed the sentiment that Ilamma is an enduring symbol of self-respect and women’s consciousness, and her life and struggle continue to inspire the fight for rights and justice in Telangana society. (INN)