Sunday, January 17, 2016
Senior BJP leader and former Governor of Sikkim V.Rama Rao passed away today here following illness for some time.
Rama Rao (80) is survived by his wife Vasantha Kumari and son Srinivas.
Rama Rao was born in Machilipatnam in Krishna district on December 12, 1935. He was elected to AP State Legislative Council from Hyderabad Graduates’ Constituency for four consecutive times in 1966, 1972, 1978 and 1984. He joined Jana Sangh in 1956 as a member and was elected to the National Executive of Bharatiya Jana Sangh till it changed into BJP. He served as State BJP president for two consecutive terms in 1993 and 2001 and as National Vice President between 2002 and 2007. He was a lawyer by profession and practised at the Andhra Pradesh High Court. In his early career, he was active 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, A.P. State Small Scale Industries Development Corporation, South Central Railways Employee Union etc.
During the NDA Government led by the charismatic Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Rama Rao was appointed as the Governor of Sikkim in 2002.