Veteran freedom fighter and former Sircilla MLA Chennamaneni Rajeshwara Rao today passed away at a private hospital in Hyderabad following prolonged illness.
He was 93, family sources said.
The senior leader, who is the elder brother of present Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao, is survived by wife and a son.
Rao hailed from Marpaka village of Vemulawada mandal in Karimnagar district and participated in Telangana’s armed struggle against the Nizam.
He started his political career as a communist and was elected as a CPI legislator from Sircilla assembly constituency in Karimnagar in 1967, 1978, 1985 and 1994 assembly elections.
Subsequently, he quit the party and represented TDP from Sircilla seat till 2004 before he took retirement from active politics.
His only son Ch Ramesh is a TRS MLA from Vemulawada assembly constituency in Karimnagar district.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu condoled Rao’s demise and remembered his contribution to Telangana.