Linganna Pujari

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Linganna "Anna" Puttal Pujari (1915–1999) was a prominent political leader and social worker in Bombay (now Mumbai), India.

Early life and background

Linganna Puttal Pujari was born into a Telugu-speakingPerkiwar family of farmers in Domakonda village, Dist. Nizamabad in the Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh.

Career

In 1928, young Linganna moved to Bombay in order to support his large family of 10 siblings. In Bombay, he embarked upon his public service career in the crime-infested Kamathipura locality. Alongside his job as an apprentice to carpenter, Linganna got actively involved in social work and promoting communal harmony. He was singularly responsible for having quelled many a Hindu-Muslim riot in the Nagpada area of Bombay for which he was also felicitated by Commissioner Wilson in 1941.

His greatest political achievement was in 1946 when Pujari, as an independent candidate for the Bombay Municipal Corporation (BMC) by-elections, defeated stalwart Congressman Raja Gunottam Hutheesing, husband of Krishna Hutheesing and brother-in-law of none other than Shri Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of independent India. Putting aside his pride, Nehru, impressed by Pujari's bold dynamism, charisma and popularity among the masses invited him to join the Indian National Congress party into which he was formally inducted in 1947. From this point on, there was no looking back for Pujari. He was elected to the BMC a record number of times until 1972, when...
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