Freedom fighter and former Minister Bhattam Srirama Murthy passed away at a hospital in Visakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh today after prolonged illness.
He was 89 and is survived by his wife, a son and daughter.
Mr Bhattam, a Law graduate, was a member of All India Congress Committee(AICC) for about 16 years. He was General Secretary of Vizianagaram Town Students Congress in 1945-46 and President, Maharajah's College Students Union, 1946-47.
The freedom fighter was also associated with Socialist Party of India. He was Joint Secretary of State Socialist Party in 1955 and subsequently became General Secretary of the party in 1957.
He was elected to the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly in 1962 from Vizianagaram constituency and in 1972 and 1978 from Paravada constituency in Visakhapatnam district.
Mr Bhattam was Minister in the Andhra Pradesh Government and held the portfolios of Education and Cultural Affairs in 1972, Social Welfare between 197478 and Cultural Affairs in 1981.
He was elected to the eighth Lok Sabha from Visakhapatnam Lok Sabha constituency in 1984 as a representative of Telugu Desam Party(TDP).
He had attended the World Peace Council Conference at Hungary.
He had also worked as a Sub Editor of 'Jaya Bharat' magazine 1947-48 and Editor of 'Prajaradham' Telugu Weekly and 'Andhra Janatha' Telugu Daily published from Hyderabad, 1969.
He wrote four books in Telugu.
The freedom fighter wrote his biography, covering the political career that lasted for six decades, entitled 'Swechcha Bharatam' and it was published in 2009.
Several senior leaders, including the TDP president and the state chief minister N Chandrababau Naidu condoled the death of Bhattam and expressed their heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family.UNI KNR KVV 1225
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