Hyderabad: Former MLA from Bhadrachalam district in Telangana, Sunnam Rajaiah, succumbed to Covid-19 in the wee hours of Tuesday (August 4, 2020).
Rajaiah was a three-time MLA from Bhadrachalam district and had won the elections in 1999, 2004, and 2014, from the Communist Party of India (Marxist).
He had tested positive for Covid-19 last week and was undergoing treatment at a hospital in Vijayawada, when he breathed his last. It was reported that his sons also tested positive for the virus.
The MLA was a member of the Girijana Sangham, which worked for protection of tribal rights.
Expressing his condolences over the demise, Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao said that he will be remembered as a modest politician.
మాజీ MLA, CPM సీనియర్ నాయకుడు శ్రీ సున్నం రాజయ్య మరణం పట్ల సీఎం శ్రీ కేసీఆర్ సంతాపం వ్యక్తం చేశారు. ప్రజా సమస్యల పరిష్కారం కోసం జీవితాంతం కృషి చేసిన రాజయ్య, అత్యంత నిరాడంబర రాజకీయ నాయకుడిగా ప్రజల హృదయాల్లో నిలిచి పోతారని సీఎం అన్నారు. ఆయన కుటుంబ సభ్యులకు ప్రగాఢ సానుభూతి తెలిపారు.
— Telangana CMO (@TelanganaCMO) August 4, 2020
Coronavirus has also affected elected representatives in other parts of the country. Union Home Minister Amit Shah had tested positive for the virus on August 2 and Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa also tested positive the next day.
Telangana Mayor Bonthu Rammohan also tested positive for Covid-19 on July 26, and since then, he has been under home isolation.