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.

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.

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