Former Andhra Speaker and TDP leader commits suicide

Former Andhra Speaker and TDP leader commits suicide
Former Andhra Pradesh assembly Speaker Kodela Siva Prasad Rao has committed suicide at his home in Hyderabad, the police said today. Mr Rao, 72, was one of the senior-most leaders of the opposition Telugu Desam Party in the state. He was taken to Basavatarakam Hospital – which he had set up with actor-politician Balakrishna – where doctors confirmed his death.
Mr Rao became Speaker in 2014 after the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh to create Telangana. The six-time MLA – he won from Narsaraopet five times and Sattenapalli in 2014 – has also served as the home minister and the panchayat raj minister.
Mr Rao joined the TDP in 1983. He is survived by two sons and a daughter.
Mr Rao, who was born in a farmer’s family, went on to become a doctor after graduating from Guntur Medical College.
BJP chief spokesperson, K Krishna Saagar Rao, in a statement said, “Shocked to know that former minister, former AP speaker Shri Kodela Siva Prasad has committed suicide. I extend heartfelt condolences on the unfortunate demise of his senior politician. May his soul rest in peace.”