Veteran Cong leader J Venkatappa passes away

Veteran Cong leader J Venkatappa passes away

Veteran Cong leader J Venkatappa passes away

Venkatappa lived on Railway Station Road near Post Office here. He is survived by three sons, including former president of the Town Municipal Council J V Sadashiva and two daughters.

Union Minister of State for Railways K H Muniyappa, MLA V Muniyappa, Dr Sudhakar Reddy, former minister K M Krishna Reddy, Alangur Shrinivas, former MLA S Munishamappa, Komul President Ramesh, former president G H Nagaraj, Director of Vokkaligara Sanga Yaluvalli Ramesh, Nagaraj Reddy, Block Congress President Munikrishnappa, Janata Dal District President M Rajanna, BJP taluk president M Ramesh Bayiri and several others have expressed their condolences. The last rites were performed in the evening on the outskirts of Shidlaghatta in the leader’s farm.

His life and times
J Venkatappa was born in a family of agriculturists. He was a Science graduate and was elected as the president of Shidlaghatta Town Municipal Council, twice in 1954 and 1957.
He gained entry into the Legislative Council, for the first time in 1957.
He became the member of Rajya Sabha from 1962 to 1968 and as an MLA from 1972 to 1978.

J Venkatappa was closely associated with late chief ministers - Devaraj Urs, J H Patel, S Nijalingappa and former chief minister and Minister for External Affairs S M Krishna.
By the time his tenure as the member of the Rajya Sabha got over, his second son J V Sadashiva was elected as the president of Shidlaghatta Town Panchayat. After this, Venkatappa distanced himself from active politics.

Venkatappa followed a regular routine. He walked every morning and evening and used to regularly read newspapers. He never failed to watch the news on television and kept himself updated with the latest political developments.

Condolence meeting
A condolence meeting was conducted at the Congress  here on Sunday. MLA V Muniyappa presided over the meeting. The meeting was attended by all the Congress leaders.

The leaders recalled the services and contributions made by the senior leader.
A staunch Gandhian, who believed in the principle of simple living and high thinking, Venkatappa was a guiding spirit to the farming community.
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