Kodela Siva Prasad commits suicide

Former Andhra Pradesh Assembly speaker and senior TDP leader Kodela Siva Prasad Rao (72) who allegedly attempted suicide by hanging himself at his residence in Hyderabad, died today afternoon. His family members had immediately rushed him to Basavatarakam Indo American Cancer Hospital in Banjara Hills, but he died while undergoing treatment.

The doctors are said to have tried their best to save him, but Kodela reportedly died of cardiac arrest after the failed suicide attempt. It is reported that he was unwell last week and was admitted in his own hospital for a heart ailment in Guntur. Its is said that after treatment, he had come back to Hyderabad.

 

A senior TDP leader, Kodela has been under severe stress after a series of cases filed against him and his family members, including the infamous Assembly furniture case, which has been haunting him, after change of power recently in Andhra Pradesh.

 

A doctor by profession, Kodela was a six-time MLA from the Guntur region. He made his political entry in 1983 when TDP founder NT Rama Rao invited him to join the party and contest elections. He won the Narasaraopet assembly seat for the first time in 1983 and rose steadily in ranks to win the assembly elections six times (1983,1985, 1989, 1994,1999, 2014).

 

He lost twice in 2004 and 2009 and the recent elections in 2019. He worked as a Cabinet minister both in NT Rama Rao’s and N Chandrababu Naidu’s regime. He was also elected as the Speaker of the AP Assembly after bifurcation in 2014.

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