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Ex-Maoist ideologue votes in Telangana

IANS  |  Hyderabad 

Former ideologue and popular revolutionary balladeer voted for the first time in his life on Friday -- in the Assembly elections.

Gaddar, 69, cast his vote in Alwal area of Malkajgiri constituency in Greater

Gummadi Vittal Rao, popularly known as Gaddar, had campaigned against electoral till last year when he gave up Maoism and announced that he was joining the political mainstream.

In July, the popular balladeer enrolled himself as a voter. The campaigned for the Congress-led People's Front.

He shared the dais with and (TDP) at their election rallies and sang songs.

In the early 1970s, had founded (JNM) to sing revolutionary songs to inspire educated youth to join the movement or turn sympathetic to it.

Gaddar, who was underground in the late 1980s, survived an assassination attempt in 1997 when assailants fired at him at his house. He blamed the police for the attack.

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First Published: Fri, December 07 2018. 13:38 IST
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