Warangal/Hyderabad: Telangana ideologue
Kothapalli Jayashankar, who played a crucial role in
spearheading the agitation for separate state, on Tuesday passed
away at Warangal after protracted illness.
Jayashankar (76) had been suffering from cancer and
was undergoing treatment at a hospital in Hyderabad. He was,
however, taken back to his home at Hanamkonda in Warangal last
week and he passed away at around 1100 hours today. He was a
The funeral would take place tomorrow at Hanamkonda,
Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) workers said.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, Union
Petroleum Minister S Jaipal Reddy, state Congress president
Botsa Satyanarayana, Telugu Desam leaders E Dayakar Rao and
others, TRS president K Chandrasekhar Rao, BJP leader Bandaru
Dattatreya and a large number of Telangana leaders across the
political spectrum condoled Jayashankar`s death.
The fitting tribute to Jayashankar would be realising his
goal of separate Telangana, TRS chief Chandrasekhar Rao said.
Jayashankar`s body was placed in the Ekasila Park in
Warangal to enable leaders and common people to pay their last
Rao, who often referred to Jayashankar as his `guru`, was
seen weeping while paying tributes in Warangal.
Meanwhile, the students of Kakatiya University and the
supporters of Telangana opposed Congress MPs S Rajaiah, G
Vivek and also some TDP leaders from paying homage to the
Alleging that the Congress and TDP leaders have no right
to pay respects to Jayashankar as they have not quit their
posts in support of pro-Telangana demand, some angry Telangana
supporters flung chairs and other objects at some of the
leaders. Police had a tough time in controlling the crowd.
Jayashankar was a native of Warangal district and he had
his early education in the town. He did post graduation and
PhD in economics and worked as a professor in the Kakatiya
University. He served as vice chancellor of the university
He had been an ardent supporter of the separate statehood
agitation since his youth and actively participated in the
pro-Telangana agitation in 1969.
Considered as a father figure by Telangana supporters of
all hues, Jayashankar was an inspiration in the formation of
TRS by K Chandrasekhar Rao in 2001.
Long before the birth of TRS in 2001 and the Telangana
agitation gained momentum, Jayashankar used to organise
seminars and meetings in support of carving out separate
It was Jayashankar who offered lime juice to TRS chief
when the latter broke his fast for Telangana in December,
He studied the alleged regional imbalances and sought
formation of separate Telangana as a means to do justice to
the people of that region.
Telangana political Joint Action Committee (JAC) convener
M Kodandaram asked the people to conduct various forms of
condolences like candle light demonstrations and meetings
after the funeral tomorrow.