Former Andhra Pradesh Speaker Kodela Siva Prasada Rao was found hanging at his residence in Hyderabad. Rao, 72, was one of the senior-most leaders of the opposition Telugu Desam Party
New Delhi, Sep 16: Former Andhra Pradesh Speaker Kodela Siva Prasada Rao was found hanging at his residence in Hyderabad. Rao, 72, was one of the senior-most leaders of the opposition Telugu Desam Party in the state. He was taken to Basavatarakam Hospital where doctors confirmed his death.
Senior TDP leader and former Speaker of Andhra Pradesh Assembly Kodela Siva Prasada Rao was declared dead at a hospital here on Monday amid speculation that he committed suicide.
He was 72.
Mystery appeared to shroud the death of Rao as the exact cause of death was not immediately known and a senior police official told PTI matter is being investigated.TDP politburo member Ravula Chandrasekhar Reddy said Rao was reportedly brought to the Basavatarakam Cancer hospital here by his staff.
Rao, a medical doctor, has been a director of the Basavatarakam Cancer hospital.
Rao was in the news recently over shifting of some furniture from the AP Assembly in Hyderabad allegedly to his offices in Guntur and Sattenapalli. Rao, his son, and daughter were also charged with cheating and intimidation, and cases had been filed against them.
Reddy said he and other TDP leaders visited the hospital after coming to know about the former Andhra Speaker's death.Rao's daughter, who was present at the hospital, was in a state of shock and they could not ask her what had happened, Reddy said.
Police investigation was on into the matter, he said.
Rao, who lost the Assembly elections in May this year from Sattenapalli in Guntur district, was the Speaker of the Assembly during 2014-19.He was elected to the Assembly from Guntur district on six occasions.
He had been a member of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) since its inception and had held key portfolios including Home, major irrigation, panchayat raj, rural development and health, in the governments of TDP founder late N T Rama Rao and incumbent TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu.
Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, state BJP chief K Laxman and several other leaders condoled the death of Siva Prasada Rao.
With Agencies, Pic Google