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Ex-CPI Leader Ch. Rajeswar Rao Passes Away

Veteran Communist leader Chennamaneni Rajeswara Rao passed away in Hyderabad in the early hours of Monday. He was 93.

Rajeswar Rao was ailing for the last 1 year. He died while undergoing treatment at Yashoda Hospital in Somajiguda. He belonged to Vemulawada in Karimnagar district. He was elected as MLA to the combined Andhra Pradesh Assembly five times from Sircilla and one time from Metpalli. He worked for long in the CPI, and joined the TDP in 1994.

Rajeswar Rao struggled against the Nizam rule, and also lived underground for some time. He was a leader of the Telangana Freedom Fighters Association. He was also associated with the farmers' body of the CPI. He was the Leader of the Opposition during NT Rama Rao rule in AP. He kept out of active public life in 2004.

Rajeswar Rao is an older brother of Ch. Vidyasagar Rao, Maharashtra Governor. Vidyasagar Rao, a BJP leader, shared roof of his older brother for long. Rao's another brother is C.H. Hanumantha Rao, noted economist. Rajeswar Rao's son, Ramesh, is at present the TRS MLA from Vemulawada. The funeral of the veteran communist leader would take place on Tuesday, according to family members.

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