Former Minister Ratnakar Rao Dies at 93

Hyderabad, May 10 (Maxim News): Senior Congress leader and former minister Juvvadi Ratnakar Rao breathed his last at Karimnagar today morning. He was 93 years old. He has been suffering from age related ailment for a long time. Rao was the native of Timmapur village of Dharmapuri mandal. Rao is survived by two sons -Krishna Rao and Narsing Rao.

The veteran leader began his political career as a village sarpanch and went on to become lands and measurement bank chairman. He unsuccessfully contested for MLA post from Jagitiyal in the year 1983 for the first time. He later won as an independent candidate from Buggaram assembly constituency in the year 1989. He later continued as an associate member of congress party. Rao also won from the same constituency as an MLA in the year 1999 and 2004 and worked as state endowments minister in chief minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy’s cabinet. Rao lost in the MLA election from Korutla assembly constituency in the year 2009. State ministers from Karimnagar Koppula Eeswar and Gangula Kamalakar visited the house of Rao and paid tributes at his body.

The chief minister of the state KCR expressed his condolences on the death of Ratnakar Rao and issued orders to the chief secretary of the state Somesh Kumar to take steps for holding his last rites with full state honours.

Meanwhile, TPCC president N. Uttam Kumar Reddy, CLP leader Mallu Bhatti Vikaramarka, former MP Ponnam Prabhakar, MLC T. Jeevan Reddy, former PCC President Ponnala Laxmaiah, MP Komatireddy Venkat Reddy expressed their deep condolences on the death of Rao. The Congress has announced that PCC spokesperson Mahesh Kumar Goud would attend the funeral ceremony of Rao as the representative of the TPCC. (Maxim News)

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