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Konijeti Rosaiah (born 4 July 1933) is an Indian politician who was Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh from 2009 to 2010[2][3][4] and Governor of Tamil Nadu from 2011 to 2016. He was previously an MLC, MLA and MP from the Indian National Congress numerous times and handled many ministerial posts over his long political career spanning over half a century. He is one of the most experienced political leaders in the state of Andhra Pradesh and his role as the Finance minister is very well recognized.[5]

Konijeti Rosaiah
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18th Governor of Tamil Nadu
In office
31 August 2011 – 30 August 2016
Chief MinisterJ. Jayalalithaa
O. Panneerselvam
Preceded bySurjit Singh Barnala
Succeeded byC. Vidyasagar Rao (Addl. charge)
17th Governor of Karnataka
In office
28 June 2014 – 31 August 2014
Chief MinisterSiddaramaiah
Preceded byH. R. Bhardwaj
Succeeded byVajubhai Vala
15th Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh
In office
3 September 2009 – 24 November 2010
Preceded byY. S. Rajasekhara Reddy
Succeeded byKiran Kumar Reddy
ConstituencyGuntur, Andhra Pradesh, India[1](MLC)
Member of the Indian Parliament
for Narasaraopet
In office
10 March 1998 – 26 April 1999
Preceded byKota Saidiah
Succeeded byNedurumalli Janardhana Reddy
Personal details
Born (1933-07-04) 4 July 1933 (age 86)
Vemuru, Madras Presidency, British India
(now in Andhra Pradesh, India)
Political partyIndian National Congress
Spouse(s)Konijeti Sivalakshmi
Children3 sons, 1 daughters
ResidenceAmeerpet, Hyderabad, Telangana, India

While serving as Governor of Tamil Nadu, he was also given additional responsibility as Governor of Karnataka when Governor H. R. Bhardwaj's term ended on 28 June 2014,[6][7] until Vajubhai Vala took over on 1 September 2014.

Early lifeEdit

Konijeti was born into a Telugu-speaking, middle-class Hindu Gavara Komati Vaishya family in Vemuru, Guntur District, in Andhra Pradesh. He graduated from Guntur Hindu College, Andhra University in Commerce. While he was studying in Guntur, he was elected as the student leader and thus entered into politics. He studied at Zilla Parishad High School.

Political careerEdit

Konijeti is a political disciple of Swatantra Party leader and independence activist N.G. Ranga.[8] He was elected as MLC in 1968, 1974, 1980 and 2009 and as an MLA in 1989 and 2004 from Chirala assembly constituency. In 1998, he was elected as MP from Narasaraopet. During his long political career he interacted and worked closely with most of the Prime Ministers of India, including Jawaharlal Nehru.

Ministerial portfolios heldEdit

As APCC PresidentEdit

Konijeti was the President of the Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) from 1994 to 1996.

As Finance MinisterEdit

Konijeti presented the state budget 16 times, including 7 times in a row, a record in the country.[8] He served as a finance minister under Marri Chenna Reddy, Kotla Vijaya Bhaskara Reddy, Nedurumalli Janardhana Reddy and Y. S. Rajashekhara Reddy. In his tenure as Finance Minister in Chenna Reddy's cabinet, he ensured that teachers received retirement benefits. Konijeti is well known for adhering to strict fiscal management principles and effective mobilization & utilization of government funds. His contribution to the state as its longest serving finance minister are well recognized.

As Chief MinisterEdit

Konijeti took over as the Chief Minister after the death of Y. S. Rajashekhara Reddy. In his tenure, Konijeti strived to bring political stability to the state and continue all the welfare programs planned and initiated by his predecessor. He is often credited for the effective management of the flood situation during October 2009, the law and order situation with respect to the Telangana agitation which started in December 2010, effective budgetary management, streamlining of the delivery systems of welfare programs etc. He submitted his resignation as Chief Minister to the Governor of Andhra Pradesh, ESL Narasimhan on 24 November 2010 citing health reasons.[9]


Andhra University conferred Konijeti with an honorary doctorate in 2007.[10]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Rosaiah not to contest Assembly polls". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 24 August 2008.
  2. ^ "Rosaiah takes oath as caretaker Andhra CM". The Times of India. 3 September 2009. Archived from the original on 5 September 2009. Retrieved 3 September 2009.
  3. ^ "Konijeti Rosaiah appointed the new Tamil Nadu Governor". Indiavision news. 26 August 2011.
  4. ^ "Rosaiah - A low profile leader".
  5. ^ "rosaiah : ap chief minister k rosaiah : Andhra Pradesh CM Rosaiah resigns : Rosaiah resigns as Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister". BindasLand. Retrieved 25 November 2010.
  6. ^ Mariappan, Julie (27 June 2014). "Tamil Nadu Governor Rosaiah given additional charge of Karnataka".
  7. ^ "Rosaiah named new Tamil Nadu governor, Farook shifted to Kerala". Times of India. 28 August 2011. Retrieved 28 August 2011.
  8. ^ a b Kumar, S. Nagesh (8 September 2009). "Focus shifts to governance, Rosaiah takes full charge". The Hindu. Chennai, India.
  9. ^ Kumar, S. Nagesh (24 November 2010). "Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K Rosaiah resigns". The Hindu. Chennai, India.
  10. ^ "Rosaiah sworn in as Andhra CM". Chennai, India: The Hindu. 3 September 2009. Retrieved 3 September 2009.