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Former Andhra Pradesh CM Konijeti Rosaiah passes away at 88

The Telangana government has decided to extend state honours to Rosaiah and declared three days of mourning. The last rites will be held Sunday afternoon. Andhra Pradesh CM Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy also sent condolences to the Rosaiah family.

Written by Sreenivas Janyala | New Delhi |
Updated: December 4, 2021 7:46:11 pm
K Rosaiah outside Parliament (Express Archive)

Political leaders of all parties across Andhra Pradesh and Telangana condoled the death of former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Konijeti Rosaiah, who passed away in Hyderabad Saturday. Rosaiah died while being taken to a hospital after his blood pressure plummeted. He was 88.

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao visited Rosaiah’s home and paid his tributes. The CM recalled that Rosaiah, who rendered his services as the Finance Minister, Chief Minister and Governor, brought laurels to the posts he held.

Rao also recalled that in politics too, Rosaiah had a mark of his own style of dignity, patience and gentleness. The government has decided to extend state honours to Rosaiah and declared three days of mourning. The last rites will be held Sunday afternoon. Andhra Pradesh CM Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy also sent condolences to the Rosaiah family.

Rosaiah was appointed as the CM on September 3, 2009, after the death of then CM Dr Y S Rajashekara Reddy in a chopper crash on September 2. His brief tenure as the CM till November 24, 2010, was tense and uneasy and was marked by revolts by ministers, MLAs and Congressmen loyal to Y S Rajashekara Reddy who demanded that he make way for YSR’s son Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy the CM.

He was continuously hounded and harassed by YSR loyalists in Congress and he often complained of insubordination and lack of support from his party colleagues to counter YSR’s supporters.

Accosted by YSR supporters at airports and public places, he told them that he did not wish to be the CM and that it was imposed on him by the Congress high command. In an interview to The Indian Express, he had said that although he did not like being made the CM, he was bound by the wishes of the Congress president.

One of the most significant moments in his political career was on December 9, 2009, when he urged the UPA Government to issue a statement even as the health of Telangana Rashtra Samiti chief K chandrashekar Rao, who was on a fast unto death for a separate state of Telangana, started deteriorating on the 11th day. Then Home Minister P Chidambaram issued a statement that the process of carving out Telangana has been set in motion following which Rao broke his fast.

After he resigned as the CM, he was appointed as governor of Tamil Nadu between 2011 and 2016. After his five-year term as the Tamil Nadu Governor ended, he retired from active politics and returned to his home in Hyderabad. Rosaiah’s political journey had begun in 1968 as an MLC.

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