New Delhi, Sep 4: Leaders across political spectrum on Tuesday remembered former Union Minister and senior Congress leader S Jaipal Reddy, who passed away on July 28.
Among those who attended the condolence meeting, Sansmaran Sabha, held at national capital, was Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury, CPI General Secretary D Raja.
"He was an intellectual giant and a great orator. My association with Jaipal Reddy ji goes back to our days as members of state assembly of Andhra Pradesh", said the Vice President. Naidu said that Jaipal Reddy was was a gentleman-politician, known for qualities of head and heart.
"His attitude of constantly learning new things and his ability to express his ideas with remarkable clarity make him a rare public figure who can serve as the role model for budding politicians", he added.
"Jaipal Reddy was erudite and scholarly. He possessed in-depth knowledge on matters mundane as well as philosophical. He made a mark right from his student days in Osmania University and was able to hold attention of audience on any subject—be it national or international", the Vice President remembered.
Remembering the late leader, Dr Manmohan Singh said Jaipal Reddy played a crucial role convincing the Government and the Congress Party the importance of granting separate Statehood for Telangana.
"He was a staunch supporter for Telangana and he played a silent yet vital role towards taking the historic decision of dividing Andhra Pradesh and granting separate Statehood for Telangana in 2014", Dr Singh added.
"He was a treasure house of wisdom and knowledge. For ten years he was my colleague in UPA Cabinet and a law-maker for forty five years. It is noexaggeration to say that in his death, Indian politics has lost an excellent orator, a very good administrator, an outstanding Parliamentarian and a great leader", the former Prime Minister said.
Dr Singh pointed out that Jaipal Reddy's political journey was of grit and determination.
"Hailing from a backward village in Mahbubnagar, notwithstanding his physical disability affected by polio and other difficulties, he grew from an ordinary student leader to become a very important Central Minister", he added. "In his political career Jaipal ji stood for righteousness and always opposed anything which he felt was unjust or wrong. Whether it pleased somebody or not, he always went according to his beliefs. As a Parliamentarian, he expressed himself without compromising on whatever he believed in and he chose very specific words in his speeches", Dr Singh said.
The former Prime Minister said Jaipal Reddy always thought about the development of the poor people especially the downtrodden and weaker sections of society. "People of all walks of life loved him and respected and accepted him as their leader which is evident from his election to the state legislature four times and five times to the Lok Sabha. For his overall contribution in the Indian Parliament he was awarded the Outstanding Parliamentarian Award. His fluency in both English and Telugu amazed the listeners, both his admirers as well as his critics", Dr Singh added.
Referring to his contribution as a Minister, Dr Singh said Jaipal Reddy was a very good administrator and it was his farsightedness which was instrumental in bringing forth the Prasar Bharati Bill. "He piloted the Prasar Bharati Bill when he was the Minister of Information and Broadcasting to give autonomy to Doordarshan and All India Radio", he added. (UNI)