Visakhapatnam

Anand Gajapathi Raju passes away

Union Civil Aviation Minister P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju at the hospital where his brother Anand Gajapathi Raju passed away, in Visakhapatnam on Saturday. Simhachalam Devasthanam Executive Officer Ramachandra Mohan is seen. —Photo: C.V. Subrahmanyam  

Scion of the Vizianagaram royal family, former Minister, and former MP Pusapati Anand Gajapathi Raju passed away here on Saturday. He was 65. He is survived by wife and daughter.

Union Civil Aviation Minster Ashok Gajapathi Raju is his younger brother.

Anand was the elder son of the Raja Saheb of Vizianagaram, P.V.G. Raju.

He joined the Telugu Desam Party in 1983 following N.T. Rama Rao’s call and served as Minister twice in his Cabinet. He was elected to the Lok Sabha in 1984 from Bobbili constituency as a TDP candidate and later in 1991 on the Congress ticket. Later, he contested from Visakhapatnam to the Lok Sabha on the TDP ticket during the mid-term poll. Thereafter, he did not show interest in politics. He was living at Kirlampudi Colony in the city. A voracious reader, he spent time reading books and involving himself in spiritual activities. Anand became chairman of MANSAS after his father’s demise in November 1995. MANSAS is a trust formed by P.V.G. Raju to run several educational and other institutions, for which he donated some thousands of acres of land and several buildings.

Anand was also a journalist and worked with The Hindu for a few years. He was the hereditary trustee of 108 temples established or supported by the royal family, including the Simhachalam Varahalakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple and Ramatheerthalu temple near Vizianagaram, Arasavilli and Sri Kurmam in Srikakulam district. The former Minister was ailing for some time with respiratory problem, cardiologist of Manipal Hospital Bhaskar Rao said. Anand was brought to the hospital from his residence on the Beach Road at around 7.45 a.m. All efforts to revive him failed, and he was declared dead at around 8.30 a.m. Mr. Ashok Gajapathi Raju reached here from Hyderabad on hearing the news.

Anand’s wife Sudha and daughter were present at the hospital.

Later, his body was shifted to Vizianagaram for last rites.



Anand was also a journalist and worked with

The Hindu for

a few years




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