P V Ranga Rao passes away

P V Ranga Rao passes away

P V Ranga Rao (75), the eldest son of former Prime Minister P V Narasimha Rao, died here on Thursday. Family...

Ranga raoP V Ranga Rao (75), the eldest son of former Prime Minister P V Narasimha Rao, died here on Thursday. Family sources said he died of heart-related ailment at his Himayatnagar home. He was not well for the past few months. According to his brother P V Prabhakar Rao, he went to a hospital last evening and had come back after a check-up, but developed complications and passed away in the wee hours. The funeral took place at Bansilalpet later in the evening.

Rao, a Congress leader and MLC had served as education minister in the cabinet of Kotla Vijaya Bhaskara Reddy (1992-94). He was elected to the State Assembly twice from Hanamkonda in Warangal district. A student of Osmania University here, he became active in the Congress party during the time of Sanjay Gandhi in the mid-1970s.

Ranga Rao had pledged bachelorhood for life and has been living alone at a rented apartment in Himayathnagar.
He had donated his share of the hereditary wealth to schools. He gave 17 acres of his land to Gurukla girls’ school in Vangara, his native village in Karimnagar district. He sold 10 acres and gave Rs 10 lakh to the Collector’s fund and renamed the ZPHS high school after his mother and father (Satyam Narsimha High School). He was a great connoisseur of literature, music and performing arts.

Even in the last few months of his life, he had associated himself actively with various cultural and social organisations. Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy, Spraker Nadendla Manohar, Bandaru Dattatreya, MLA Malladi Vishnu, MLA Ranga Reddy, MLC Chukka Ramaiah, TRS General Secretary Keshava Rao, Captain Laxmikanth, MLC Chakrapani and a few local Congress leaders, local residents and family members had come to pay their condolences and respects to the legendary leader. None of the Congress Ministers from either Telangana region or the Andhra region came.


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