G. M. C. Balayogi
Ganti Mohana Chandra Balayogi
|12th Speaker of the Lok Sabha|
24 March 1998 – 3 March 2002
|Deputy||P. M. Sayeed|
|Preceded by||Purno Agitok Sangma|
|Succeeded by||Manohar Joshi|
|Member of the Indian Parliament|
|Preceded by||Kusuma Krishna Murthy|
|Succeeded by||K. S. R. Murthy|
|Preceded by||K. S. R. Murthy|
|Succeeded by||G.V. Harsha Kumar|
|Born||1 October 1951|
Yedurulanka, Madras Presidency, India
(now in Andhra Pradesh, India)
|Died||3 March 2002 (aged 50)|
Kaikalur, Andhra Pradesh, India
|Political party||Telugu Desam Party|
|Spouse(s)||Vijaya Kumari Ganti|
|Children||Ganti Deepthi, Ganti Ramya, Ganti Keerthi, Ganti Harish Madhur|
Growing up in a small Village, Balayogi had to travel to Guttenadeevi village for his primary education. He received his Post Graduate in Kakinada and a law degree from Andhra University, Visakhapatnam. He was serving as the speaker of 12th Lok Sabha when he died in a helicopter crash.
Balayogi began practicing law in 1980 in Kakinada under the guidance of Gopalaswamy Shetty, and in 1985, was selected as a First Class Magistrate. He then resigned from this post and returned to the bar to resume legal practice. In 1986, he took over as the Vice-Chairman of the Cooperative Town Bank of Kakinada, and in 1987, was elected as the Chairman of the East Godavari Zilla Praja Parishad. He was the First Dalit speaker in Loksabha
In 1991, Balayogi was elected to the 10th Lok Sabha lower house parliament under the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) ticket. He lost this seat in the 1996 general elections, but continued political work in his community and was soon elected to the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly in a by-election from the Mummidivaram Assembly constituency. Subsequently, he was appointed as the Minister of Higher Education in the Government of Andhra Pradesh.
In 1998, Balayogi was elected into parliament; he became the 12th Speaker of Lok Sabha (24 March 1998) and again for the 13th Lok Sabha (22 October 1999). As the Speaker, he chaired the Business Advisory Committee, Rules Committee, General Purposes Committee and Standing Committee of the Conference of Presiding Officers of Legislative Bodies in India, and he presided over the Indian Parliamentary Group, National Group of Inter-Parliamentary Union and India Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. Along with these duties, Balayogi headed many Indian Parliamentary Delegations to foreign countries, while hosting visiting countries as well.