Who: Former Sikkim Governor Ventrapragada Rama Rao
When: 17 January 2016
Veteran Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and former Sikkim Governor Ventrapragada Rama Rao passed away on 17 January 2016 in Hyderabad after prolonged illness. He was 80.
Rao, who was suffering from severe lung infection, is survived by his wife, son and daughter-in-law.
About Ventrapragada Rama Rao
• Born on 12 December 1935, Rao was a lawyer by profession and practised at the Andhra Pradesh High Court.
• He also played a pivotal role in trade union litigations and served as President, Employees and Workers Unions of several State and Central Public Sector Undertakings and Corporations, such as AP State Finance Corporation, South Central Railways Employee Union and more.
• In 1965, he joined Jana Sangh as a member and went on to serve as a Member of the National Executive of Bharatiya Jana Sangh for many years.
• Moving into Bharatiya Janata Party from erstwhile Jana Sangh, he went on to serve as State Unit President for Andhra Pradesh for two consecutive terms.
• He was elected to Andhra Pradesh State Legislative Council from Hyderabad Graduates’ Constituency for four consecutive times in 1966, 1972, 1978 and 1984.
• In October 2002, he was appointed by President of India as the Governor of Sikkim. He served as Governor of Sikkim from 2002 to 2007.
• He also served as a senate member of Osmania University.