Former Andhra minister Jakkampudi Rao passes away

Last Updated: Sunday, October 9, 2011 - 23:45

Rajahmundry: Former Andhra Pradesh minister Jakkampudi Ramamohan Rao
on Sunday passed away at a corporate hospitals here, family
sources said.

Rao was rushed to the hospital in the morning after he
complained of pains in throat by his family members.

58-year-old Rao was suffering from diabetic neuropathy
for the last four years.

A staunch supporter of late chief minister YS
Rajasekhar Reddy, Rao had actively launched a campaign against
TDP when NT Rama Rao was chief minister of the state.

Rao, who was elected to Andhra Pradesh legislative
Assembly thrice from Kadiaym constituency in 1989, 1999 and
2004 respectively, played a vital role in a `padyatra`
organised by the late chief minister YS Rajasekhar Reddy
which catapulted Congress to power.

An agriculturist by profession, Rao was born in Adduru
village in Mammidikuduru Mandal of East Godavari district.

He had served as Roads and Building Minister in YS
Rajasekhar Reddy Cabinet in 2004.

Rao was Known for his organisational skills which
ensured Congress bagging 18 out of 21 Assembly seats in the
East Godavari district in last election.

He, however, later defected Congress to join YSR
Congress Party floated by Kadapa MP YS Jaganmohan Reddy, son
of Rajsekhar Reddy.

His wife Vijayalakshmi was expelled by the Andhra
Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) from the party for
contesting against an official candidate in the local bodies
election.

Rao is survived by wife, two sons and a daughter.

Known for his political acumen, Rao was deep-rooted in
understanding the caste-based equations and how they weigh in
winning elections.

Several leaders and state ministers condoled the death
of the former excise minister.

Prominent among them is the State Stamps and
Registration Minister Thota Narasimham. He said in his
condolence message that "Rao was like a bridge between the
government and people who built a good relationship with the
government and people of East Godavari district.

Rao`s death is an irreparable loss to the district and
his services will be remembered by the people, it said.

Tourism Minister V Vasanth Kumar reminisced about his
acquaintance with Rao and conveyed his condolences to the
bereaved family members.

Animal Husbandry Minister P Viswaroop recalled Rao`s
services to the district saying "we lost a close friend. Rao
has close relationship with Konaseema area. He worked hard for
upliftment of poor sections".

According to family members, Rao`s funeral will be
held tomorrow afternoon.

The YSR Congress chief and Kadapa MP YS Jaganmohan
Reddy is attending the funeral.

Several Cabinet ministers, including Thota
Narasimhamam, P Viswaroop, have already reached here and paid
their last respect to the departed leader.

The police have made elaborate arrangements for the
last rites.

Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy also conveyed his
condolences to the bereaved family members of Rao.

Besides Reddy, state Congress president B
Satyanarayana and Kadapa MP YS Jaganmohan Reddy also
expressed grief over Rao`s death.

As a mark of respect to Rao, all business
establishments and institutions here will remain closed
tomorrow.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, October 9, 2011 - 23:45

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