Hyderabad, 10 Feb: Mr Bodapati Veera Raghavulu has been unanimously re-elected as the AP State Secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) for the fourth successive term on the concluding day of the 22nd State Party Convention here today.
Later, Mr Raghavulu told newspersons the party would chalk out various agitational programmes and fight against the government's 'anti-people policies.'
CPI (M) state secretary Bodapati Veera Raghavulu was born to Venkata Subbaiah and Punnamma couple in Pedamopadu village of Prakasham district.
B V Raghavulu completed his schooling at Kandukuru. Later, he joined Andhra Christian College in Guntur for intermediate standard. Then, he went to Bapatla and joined into Bachelor of Science at Bapatla Agricultural College. For various reasons, he was compelled to drop out of the course.
Afterwards, he joined Kavali College for Bachelor of Arts course. When he was pursuing his final year course of graduation, emergency was declared in the country. Finally, after appearing the final examinations, he left for Nellore as a fulltime activist of the party. During the emergency period, many top leaders of the party were either arrested or went underground themselves. This gave an opportunity to Raghavulu to manage the party office at his best. The party later, during emergency period itself, sent him to Visakhapatnam. There he founded the student movement. While he was at Visakhapatnam, he completed a diploma in English and enrolled for Master of Arts in history.
Upto December 1981, he was the office bearer for Student Federation of India. Completing his M.A. in distinction, he joined for a research in economics as scholar. Meanwhile, party secretary of the Visakhapatnam unit expired succumbing to ill health. Very shortly after his death, the new secretary was dead in a road accident. It turned on Raghavulu to take over as secretary checking his research. In 1994 he was elected as state Centre for Indian Trade Unions (CITU) secretary. At the state conventions of the party in December 1997, Raghavulu was named as state secretary of the party.
Raghavulu married S Punyavathi, one of his co-activists while he was doing his research at the Andhra University in Visakhapatnam. Mrs Punyavathi is now state president of the Mahila Sangham. The couple are blessed with a daughter, who is pursuing her Master of Arts course currently.