Tirupati Bali Lok Sabha MP Durga Prasad Rao died at a hospital here on Wednesday. He was infected with the coronavirus and was being treated at a hospital in Chennai. Family members provided this information. He said the 65-year-old MP from the ruling YSR Congress was hospitalized in Chennai. Three weeks ago, he was diagnosed with the coronavirus.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed grief over the death of the MP. Rao became an MP for the first time from a reserved seat in Tirupati. The three-time MLA and former state minister is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter. Modi tweeted, ‘I am sorry for the death of Lok Sabha MP Durga Prasad Rao Garu. He is an experienced leader who effectively contributed to the progress of Andhra Pradesh. My condolences to his family and well-wishers during this time of grief. Om Shanti. ‘
Lok Sabha MP, Boli Durga Prasad Rao mourns the death of Garu. He was an experienced leader who made an effective contribution to the progress of Andhra Pradesh. My thoughts are with his family and well-wishers during this time of grief. Om Shanti.
– Narendra Modi (NarendraModi) September 16, 2020
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, Deputy Chief Minister K Narayan Swamy, Industries Minister Mekapati Gautam Reddy and several MLAs from Chittoor district have expressed grief over the deaths of Prasad. Reddy has expressed deep grief over the death of the MP. He said, ‘Loss of team. He fought for the welfare of the people as MLA, Minister and MP.
A lawyer by profession, Rao began his political career as a TDP member and became the first MLA in 1985. He joined the YSRC before the 2012 Lok Sabha elections. Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam Board Chairman YV Sabba Reddy also expressed grief over the death of the MP. In undivided Andhra Pradesh in 1995-96, he was the school education minister in Chandrababu Naidu’s cabinet. He was elected MLA from Gudur in Nellore district in 1985, 1994 and 2009.