Former Andhra Pradesh chief minister Konijeti Rosaiah passed away at a private hospital in Hyderabad on Saturday at the age of 88. Rosaiah, who also served as the governor of Tamil Nadu, breathed his last while being taken to a private hospital after falling ill this morning.
Born on July 4, 1933 in Vemuru of Guntur district, Rosaiah stepped into the legislative council in 1968 from Congress party. He went on to continue as MLC until 1980. During Marri Chenna Reddy's regime, he served as Road and Buildings and Transport minister. During 2004-09, he was elected from Chirala assembly constituency. He had presented budget 16 times in AP assembly (undivided). He was appointed as the Chief Minister undivided Andhra Pradesh on September 3, 2009 after the death of CM YS Rajasekhar Reddy. He continued as the Chief Minister until November 24, 2010.
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 Chandrasekhar Rao expressed grief over Rosaiah's death and offered condolences to the bereaved family.