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The best tribute to Ramaiah was paid by the Chief Minister, S.M. Krishna, who recalled his straightforwardness, which, he said, sometimes caused embarrassment to the leadership. Ramaiah fought for the cause he represented, Mr. Krishna said.
Speaking as the Leader of the House after the Speaker, M.V. Venkatappa made an obituary reference, Mr. Krishna said Ramaiah had a big role in getting Hemavathi water for Tumkur district.
There was no rancour behind Ramaiah's righteous indignation, he added.
About Mallikarjunappa, Mr. Krishna said he was courtesy personified. He led a simple life and showed commitment.
Referring to A.R. Badarinarayan, former Education Minister, Mr. Krishna said that in his death, a link with the Gandhian era had snapped.
The Leader of the Opposition, Jagadish Shettar, described Ramaiah as a person who did not hesitate to call a spade a spade. He felt that Ramaiah had not got the position he deserved. The Opposition, he said, would not have criticised the Congress if Ramaiah had been included in the Ministry.
The AIPJD member, B. Somashekar, said Ramaiah was so keen on ensuring the completion of projects that he did not hesitate to pull up lackadaisical officials.
The JD(S) member, P.G.R. Sindhia, said Ramaiah was genuinely interested in the welfare of farmers.
The most important of his qualities were honesty and humaneness.
The Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs, D.B. Chandre Gowda, associating himself with the sentiments expressed, said Ramaiah was a seasoned parliamentarian.
Others who spoke were Muddahanume Gowda and B.R. Yavagal (both Congress), Chennigappa (JD-S), and Chandrakanth Bellad (BJP).
Among others to whom an obituary reference was made were S. Muddaramaiah, P.A. Pavse, S.B. Vastrad, S. Govindgowda, S.S. Kamble, K.P. Shantamurthy, B. Appaji Gowda, P.C. Shettar, T. Chowdiah, M. Virupakshappa (all former MLAs), Gangambika Mallikarjunaiah, former Member of the Representative Assembly, R.K. Suryanarayan, veena maestro, and Gangadhar, Kannada film star of yesteryears.
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