Unsung statehood soldiers honoured with plum posts

-The wait was worth it for these loyalists.They did not seek anything and the past few days have dawned as pleasant surprise for them as chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao recognised their contribution to the Telangana movement by rewarding them with nominated posts.

-One person, Gandhi Naik from Palakurthi constituency in Warangal district, had tonsured his head and shaved his moustache in 2003 and continued to be that way for over a decade. He allowed his hair and moustache grow back fully only after the pink party came to power in 2014.

-Last week, it came as a windfall for Naik when the CM offered him the cabinet rank post of chairman of Tri bal Finance Corporation.

-Another loyalist is K Panduranga Reddy , who walked out of his family when his parents objected to hi joining the TRS. Though KCR gave him a chance to contest the elections, his financial position and other dynamics did not allow it to happen. A few days ago, recalling his services to the party , KCR offered him the post of chairman, Grandhalaya Committee, RR.

-Yet another worker who was rewarded for his commitment to the TRS is Prasanna.In 2001, when nobody was interested to contest the GHMC elections on the TRS ticket, she came forward and contes ted from Khairatabad and lost. Sixteen years later, the CM offered her the post of TRS woman coordinator. However, the party office had a tough time in locating her.

“It was a big surprise to see names selected by our leader. Those who joined the party long back and believed in KCR’s dream of Telangana are honoured now. It is a pleasant surprise to see KCR remember the small workers of the party who played their role in the separate state movement,“ S Subhash Reddy , chairman of Telangana Mineral Development Corporation and personal assistant of KCR, told TOI. Another person who was injured in a police lathicharge at Bhupalapalli and lost his property working for the party has been rewarded with the post of chairman, District Library Committee.Rajesh Naik did not even apply for the post, but KCR telephoned him and gave him the good news.

-One lady dared all and constructed a TRS flag podium in Mahbubnagar in 2004.A Lalitha achieved the feat in the district to dare TDP and Congress leaders and was rewarded with the post of Mahila Organiser by KCR.

-Like in the case of Prasanna, the party office had to struggle to communicate this at her address. She was finally located in a remote place near Gadwal.

“Senior most workers have been rewarded by the party chief and CM. Without any recommendation and lobbying, posts are coming to sincere workers. TRS cadre has been rejoicing the benevolence of the CM,“ Madadi Ramesh Kumar Reddy , TRS legislature party secretary told TOI.