Former Chief Minister of erstwhile Andhra Pradesh and Congress senior leader Konijeti Rosaiah passed away in Hyderabad on Saturday morning. He was 88. The senior Congress leader had previously also served as governor of Tamil Nadu between 2011 and 2016. During that period, he was briefly named the governor of Karnataka for a few months before Vajubhai Vala took over on September 1, 2014. It was after his five-year term as Tamil Nadu governor ended, that he retired from active politics.
Rosaiah’s political journey began in 1968 as an MLC. He served as CM of AP from September 3, after the demise of YS Rajasekhar Reddy, till November 25. He is survived by his wife Sivalakshmi, sons KS Subba Rao and KSN Murthy, and daughter P Rama Devi.
Rosaiah reportedly had a low pulse rate and also indicated low blood pressure levels. The family members rushed him to a corporate hospital in Banjara Hills, where he was declared dead.
The body of Rosaiah has been shifted to his residence at Dharamkaram Road in Ameerpet where it will be kept for the family members and VIPs to pay their last respects. On Sunday, the body will be kept at Gandhi Bhavan for Congress leaders and the general public to pay tributes to the former Chief Minister. A funeral procession will be taken out from Gandhi Bhavan to Maha Prasthanam in Jubilee Hills where final rites will be performed at around 1 pm.
Condolences poured in from political leaders across the country after his demise. “Pained to hear about the passing away of Former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh and Former Governor of Tamil Nadu Dr. Konijeti Rosaiah, a man of vast experience, knowledge and a veteran statesman,” Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin tweeted.
Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao expressed sympathies over the death of Rosaiah, an official release said. Rao recalled Rosaiah as the leader who brought laurels to the posts he held and is known for his patience, gentleness and simplicity.