The leader of Telugu Desam Party and former Andhra Pradesh legislative assembly Kodela Sivaprasada Rao died at a private hospital on September 16 2019, in the afternoon.
According to the news agency ANI, the minister allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself at his residence, in Hyderabad.
His family members immediately shifted him to Nandamuri Basavarama Tarakam Hospitals at Banjara Hills, where the doctors kept him on ventilator and tried to resuscitate him. He died at around 12.15 pm.
Kodela’s next of kin consists of his wife Sasikala, son Shivaram and daughter Vijayalakshmi; his younger son passed away couple of years ago.
Kodela was a medical doctor by profession and had been associated with the Telugu Desam Party right from its inception in 1982. He was also a close follower of former chief minister and party founder N T Rama Rao.
He was elected a legislator from Narasaraopet assembly constituency in Guntur district continuously for five times since 1983 and was an MLA from Sattenapalli between 2014 and 2019. He was a cabinet minister during NTR and Chandrababu Naidu regimes, holding portfolios of home, panchayat raj and major irrigation.
He was the first speaker of the residuary Andhra Pradesh state assembly in his last term. In the recent assembly elections, Kodela lost to YSR Congress party candidate Ambati Rambabu in Sattenapalli.
Kodela had been in a state of depression after he lost the elections. He was recently booked by the Thullur police in Guntur for allegedly diverting furniture worth Rs 2 crore from the assembly to his residence and camp office. He challenged the case in the court, stating that he had written to the government to take back the furniture or recover the cost of it. The case is still pending in the court.