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Mallikarjun dead

By Our Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD DEC. 24. The former Union Minister and one-time firebrand Telangana leader, Mallikarjun, died of a heart attack here this evening. He is survived by wife and three sons.

The 61-year-old leader complained of chest pain at his residence, following which he was rushed to CARE Hospital. But, he breathed his last on way to the hospital where doctors declared him dead.

The Congress leader was active till recently and even participated in Saturday's rally of Backward Classes at Warangal addressed by the AICC president, Sonia Gandhi. He also headed the Congress Forum for Telangana.

Mallikarjun shot into limelight as a student leader during the separatist Telangana agitation in 1969 and went on to become secretary of the Telangana Praja Samithi (TPS). He was considered a protege of the former Chief Minister, Marri Channa Reddy.

A five-time MP, he represented Medak Lok Sabha constituency in 1971 and 1977 but made way for Indira Gandhi in 1980 and shifted to Mahabubnagar from where he was elected thrice.

He was inducted into Indira Gandhi's Ministry as Deputy Minister for Railways. He also served under Rajiv Gandhi and P. V. Narasimha Rao, He returned to active politics after a long gap of 1998 when he was appointed PCC president.

Our Mahabubnagar Correspondent writes: Mallikarjun will be remembered for his contribution to the development of the district.

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