Senior BJP leader, former Andhra Pradesh Minister Manikyala Rao dies from COVID-19

South India

Rao was admitted to Covid Hospital in Eluru three weeks ago and later he was shifted to a private hospital in Vijayawada  

Senior BJP leader and former Andhra Pradesh minister Pydikondala Manikyala Rao died from COVID-19 in Vijayawada on Saturday.

The 59-year-old politician was undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Vijayawada.

Rao was admitted to the Covid Hospital in Eluru nearly three weeks ago and later he was shifted to the private hospital in Vijayawada a week ago after he developed breathing problems. He had been on ventilator support for the past few days.

Rao was elected from Tadepalligudem  Assembly constituency in 2014 and served as Endowments Minister in the cabinet of N Chandrababu Naidu from 2014 to 2018.

He was born in November 1961 in Tadepalligudem and did schooling in his hometown. He pursued his college education in Pentapadu and later became a professional photographer. Later he started his own automobile business.

Rao was a staunch member of the RSS.

Senior party leaders expressed grief over the death of the senior political leader.

“Sad to hear about the passing away of Shri @UrsPMR, former minister, Government of Andhra Pradesh. A senior member of @BJP4Andhra, Manikyala Rao garu was pleasant to work with, and was kind to all. Condolences,” tweeted Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

Condoling the demise of the BJP leader, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy directed the West Godavari district collector to perform the last rites of Rao with state honours.

Andhra Pradesh BJP president Somu Veerraju expressed shock over the death of Rao and termed him as a great leader who contributed to the party for decades.

BJP spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao said that he was friendly personality and described his demise was a big loss for the party.

TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu while expressing shock on Rao’s demise, said recalled his contributions during his stint as state minister.

With inputs from Agency

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