Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao today launched the year-long centenary birthday celebrations of former Prime Minister P V Narasimha Rao at the P V Gyana Bhoomi on Necklace Road on Sunday.
He paid rich tributes to the former PM on the occasion.
Addressing the gathering, KCR said that Rao had a 360-degree personality and was the pride of the state and the country.
The CM said that there was no role of either money power or caste in the career of Rao, and that he had become the Prime Minister of the country without depending on those two.
It was no surprise then that the centenary birthday celebrations of Rao were being held in 51 countries of the world, KCR said.
He also said that Rao was a continuous reformer, and the epitome of a true reformist. He said that Rao had introduced reforms in all the sectors he had worked in, and pointed out that Rao had renamed the union education ministry as the union HRD ministry.
He said that his (KCR's) government had established 900 residential schools in the state for the fulfilment of the dreams of the Rao.
He also hailed Rao's mastery of 14 Indian languages.
He sought the Bharat Ratna for Rao of the Centre for his yeomen services to the nation, the bringing out of a postal stamp, and a photograph in Parliament.
"I will lead a delegation of Rao's family and political parties to urge Prime Minister Narendra Modi in this regard, and also ask for the naming Hyderabad Central University after Rao," KCR said.
He called upon the people of the state to grow in their lives by making Rao as their role model.
Minister for IT and Industries K T Rama Rao, Assembly Speaker Pocharam Srinivas Reddy, Celebration Committee Chairman K Keshava Rao, TPCC chief N Uttam Kumar Reddy, CPI Secretary Chada Venkat Reddy and family members of the former Prime Minister were also present at the event.
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