Live Updates: Former Andhra Pradesh Speaker and TDP Leader Kodela Siva Prasada Rao Dies :- Former Andhra Pradesh Assembly speaker and TDP leader Kodela Siva Prasada has committed suicide by hanging himself at his Hyderabad residence, the police confirmed the news today.
Kodela Siva Prasada Rao Dies
He was one of the senior-most leaders of the opposition Telugu Desam Party in the state and he along with his family were recently accused of corruption as well as financial irregularities.
Kodela Siva Prasada was found hanging himself at his residence on Monday morning. He was then taken to the Basava Tarakrama Hospital in a serious condition where he was later pronounced dead. He passed away at the age of 72.
There are many cases of corruption that were registered against his son as well as his daughter after Jagan Mohan Reddy’s YSRCP came to the power. not only this, but Kodela was also accused of stealing of furniture from Andhra Pradesh Assembly.
Furthermore, under the preceding TDP-led government, there were also allegations against Kodela Siva Prasad Rao, that he along with his family members were collecting ‘K-tax’, or money in return for several favours. This year, in the month of June, a case was also registered against his daughter P. Vijayalakshmi by the Narsarao rural police on the allegation by another lady that the former was demanding money.
Live Updates: Kodela Siva Prasada Rao Dies
Kodela Siva Prasad also served as a minister in the NT Rama Rao as well as Chandrababu Naidu governments of Andhra Pradesh.
He became Speaker in the year 2014 after the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh in order to create Telangana. Kodela was a six-time MLA elected to the Andhra Pradesh Assembly where he also served as the Speaker from 2014 and continued till the year 2019. He has also served as the home minister and the panchayat raj minister.
Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Kodela’s sudden demise has expressed his shock and grief and also prayed for the family.
Along with others, Andhra Pradesh Governor Biswa Bhusan Harichandan also expressed his grief and shock after hearing the news.
Telangana Congress working presidents Revant Reddy as well as Ponnam Prabhakar have also condoled the death of Kodela Siva Prasad.
Opposition BJP has also expressed shock at Kodela committing suicide. Telangana BJP spokesperson Krishna Saagar Rao in a statement has 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 this senior politician. May his soul rest in peace.”
He then further added, “I believe this forced death is a testimony to the ongoing bitter & contemptuous politics of Andhra Pradesh. It’s quite unfortunate.”