Legendary Urdu poet, firebrand leader of the trade union and revolutionary Telangana fighter and communist leader Makhdoom Mohiuddin was defeated at the hands of a Congress candidate Masooma Begum by a wafer thin margin of 780 votes in 1952 elections. Makhdoom contested from Shalibanda Assembly constituency of Old City in Hyderabad as a PDF candidate. In all, 25,560 votes were polled out of a total of 45,195. Makhdoom could get 9,373 votes. However, Makhdoom continued to fight tirelessly for the rights of workers and the oppressed till his death in 1967.
It may be recalled that Makhdoom was among the few leaders who fought against the Nizam for Telangana and also resisted the tyranny unleashed by the Razakars at that time. The poet has a unique place in the history of Telangana movement and has been honoured with a statue on Tank Bund. Incidentally, the CPI headquarters in Telangana located in Himayatnagar is also called Makhdoom Bhavan in honour of the poet and trade union leader.
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