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Biography: A. Kaleshwar Rao

Mr. A. Kaleshwar Rao was born in 1881 at Nadigama Kistna District. After taking his B.L degree, he joined the Noble College, Masulipatnam as a Lecturer.

In 1905 he joined the Congress and began to take active interest in politics. He gave up his lectureship and set up practice in 1906 in Bezwada. Very soon he built up a colossal practice and became the leader of the Bar.

He was an active worker during the Home Rule agitation and in 1921 gave up practice and joined the Non-cooperation Movement.

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A. Kaleswara Rao
A. Kaleswara Rao

He was the President of the District Congress committee, President of the Swarajya Party, and the General Secretary of the Andhra Provincial Congress Committee. He was the Chairman of the Bezwada Municipality for two terms. He is one of the founders of the Andhra Library Movement.

In 1926 he contested Provincial Legislative Council elections on behalf of the Congress, and was a member till 1930 when he resigned in obedience to the Congress mandate.

He has been the Vice President of the Andhra Provincial Congress Committee and has been a member of the A.I.C.C for many years. He is an acknowledged leader of the Andhra Pradesh.

He is also a good writer in Telugu language and has written several historical works. He was for sometime a member of the Andhra University, President of the National Education Committee, Bezwada, and Vice President of the Andhra Provincial Hindi Sabha. He is an active social worker and takes keen interest in Harijan movement. He presided over the Andhra Provincial Conference held at Vizagapatanam in 1934.

He contested  as a Congress candidate in the last general elections and completely routed his rivals all of them forfeiting their securities. He is the chief whip of the Madras Legislature Congress Party and Chief Parliamentary Secretary and Secretary to the Prime Minster.

Source: Haripura Congress Souvenir, 1938


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