Politician who never lost an election dies

Former Nizamabad MP Ganga Reddy died of a heart attack after prolonged illness.

By Author  |  Published: 20th Mar 2017  8:35 pm
MP Keshpally Ganga Reddy
Former Nizamabad MP Keshpally Ganga Reddy.

Hyderabad: Former Nizamabad MP Keshpally Ganga Reddy passed away in Hyderabad on Monday following a heart attack. He was 84.

A three-time Lok Sabha member, besides being an MLA in undivided Andhra Pradesh, Gaddam Gangareddy was popular known as Keshpally Ganga Reddy. Starting his political career as sarpanch of Padkal in 1956, he rose to become a leader of the masses. He had business interests in Telangana and Karnataka.

Reddy joined Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and was elected to Lok Sabha on the party ticket in 1991. He later joined Congress following a call by then Prime Minister late PV Narasimha Rao. He was elected twice to Lok Sabha between 1998 and 2004 on a Congress ticket.

Reddy, who never lost an election right from sarpanch to MP, joined Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) in 2004 and was elected as MLA from Ditchpally Assembly constituency. He joined YSRCP in 2012 and quit the party after the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh to join BJP.

Reddy, who was not keeping well, was treated at Care Hospital in Hyderabad and was discharged two days ago. On Sunday, he suffered a heart attack and was taken to the hospital where he died during treatment. His body is expected to reach Nizamabad later in the day and last rites will be performed on Tuesday.

Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao, expressing grief over the former MP’s death, recalled his personal association with Reddy. The Chief Minister also recalled how Reddy stood by him since the launch of the Telangana movement. Rao conveyed his heartfelt condolences Reddy’s bereaved family.