Former Parliamentarian Ranga Rao dead


VIZIANAGARAM: Rao Venkata Gopala Krishna Ranga Rao, former Member of Parliament, died on Tuesday. The end came at 5.30 a.m. at a private nursing home in Visakhapatnam where he was admitted for treatment of a lung ailment.

He was 83. He is survived by three sons -- R. V. S. K. Ranga Rao, MLA from Bobbili, R. V. R. K. Ranga Rao, and R. V. S. K. K. Ranga Rao, chairperson, Bobbili Municipality.

Born on August 8, 1926, senior Ranga Rao was elected to the Lok Sabha from Cheepurupalli parliamentary constituency as a Congress candidate by defeating his Swatantra Party rival K. Narayana Rao in 1962. He was also an MLC from 1974 to 1980.

He received ‘Krishi Pundit Award’ from the President in 1963 for growing a record 129 tonnes of sugarcane in one acre.

He was also an accomplished tennis player and admirer of cars.

His body was kept at his fort in Bobbili for the people to pay homage.

The funeral will take place on Wednesday morning, according to family sources.

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