He worked hard in silence and now his success making a noise. From driving an auto-rickshaw for a living to winning a councillor’s post in the city of destiny has indeed a dream come true. For Mulaparthi Ramaraju, 37 years old, its journey of hard work, combined with the zeal to serve the people in times of need. He won from ward no 20 under which his native village of Lingapuram comes.
For him, life became a bed of thorns at a tender age. After losing his parents, he was brought up by his ailing grandmother and completed his graduation in humanities, a correspondence course from Andhra University in 2009, after which he undertook a welding course. As a teenager, he started earning to run his family. After getting married in the year 2011, Ramaraju attended an apprenticeship programme at the Hindustan Shipyard Limited for a year. Due to financial problems, he returned back to his village and started driving an auto-rickshaw in 2014.
Speaking to Hello Vizag, Mulaparthi Ramaraju said “as an auto-rickshaw driver, I have seen the pain and struggles of people to make their ends meet. But as a councillor my first priority will be to work for the uplift of the common man and complete the development projects in the industrial town,” he added. A village that has about 1800 votes, he is a Robin hood, kind-hearted person who always lends a helping hand to the people in distress in his village and for his good deeds, winning the election was not very difficult for him. Telugu Desam Party gave him a ticket on the recommendation by the people in the village.
“Helping the people is in my blood. Every so often, I carry sick people to hospitals in my auto to hospitals or to the nearest ambulance station at odd hours, free of cost. Even I carried poor and elderly people to the mandal headquarters or banks for free to get their work done. Now, I have a post that gives me ample opportunity to serve people. It is a big responsibility and I will try to live up to their expectations,” said Mr. Ramaraju.
Stating about his priorities, he said, “I always wanted to serve people as it gives me immense satisfaction. Now, as a councillor, I will address the issues in my ward and village. In fact, my village lacks proper roads, burial ground, good drinking water facility, and these will be my initial focus areas,” said Mr. Ramaraju. On the other hand, he said that he would not stop driving auto-rickshaw. Ramaraju said that” “I will continue to ply the auto-rickshaw and attend council sessions too. Accordingly, I have requested the owner of the auto-rickshaw to grant me leave on Mondays so that I can visit my ward and attend council meetings,” he said.