Konijeti Rosaiah (born 4 July 1933) is an Indian politician who was Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh from 2009 to 2010 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.
|18th Governor of Tamil Nadu|
31 August 2011 – 30 August 2016
|Chief Minister||J. Jayalalithaa|
|Preceded by||Surjit Singh Barnala|
|Succeeded by||C. Vidyasagar Rao (Addl. charge)|
|17th Governor of Karnataka|
28 June 2014 – 31 August 2014
|Preceded by||H. R. Bhardwaj|
|Succeeded by||Vajubhai Vala|
|15th Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh|
3 September 2009 – 24 November 2010
|Preceded by||Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy|
|Succeeded by||Kiran Kumar Reddy|
|Constituency||Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India(MLC)|
|Member of the Indian Parliament|
10 March 1998 – 26 April 1999
|Preceded by||Kota Saidiah|
|Succeeded by||Nedurumalli Janardhana Reddy|
|Born||4 July 1933|
Vemuru, Madras Presidency, British India
(now in Andhra Pradesh, India)
|Political party||Indian National Congress|
|Children||3 sons, 1 daughters|
|Residence||Ameerpet, 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, until Vajubhai Vala took over on 1 September 2014.
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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.
Konijeti is a political disciple of Swatantra Party leader and independence activist N.G. Ranga. 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
- AP State Minister for Transportation and Roads and Buildings under M. Chenna Reddy from 1978.
- AP State Minister for Transportation and Housing under T. Anjaiah from 1980.
- AP State Minister for Home under Kotla Vijaya Bhasker Reddy from 1982.
- AP State Minister for Finance, Transportation and Electricity under M. Chenna Reddy from 1989.
- AP State Minister for Finance, Medical & Health, Education and Electricity under Nedurumalli Janardhana Reddy from Dec 1990.
- AP State Minister for Finance, Medical & Health, Education and Electricity under Kotla Vijaya Bhaskara Reddy from Oct 1992.
- AP State Minister for Finance, Planning & Legislative Affairs under Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy from April 2004.
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. 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.
Andhra University conferred Konijeti with an honorary doctorate in 2007.
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- "Rosaiah named new Tamil Nadu governor, Farook shifted to Kerala". Times of India. 28 August 2011. Retrieved 28 August 2011.
- Kumar, S. Nagesh (8 September 2009). "Focus shifts to governance, Rosaiah takes full charge". The Hindu. Chennai, India.
- Kumar, S. Nagesh (24 November 2010). "Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K Rosaiah resigns". The Hindu. Chennai, India.
- "Rosaiah sworn in as Andhra CM". Chennai, India: The Hindu. 3 September 2009. Retrieved 3 September 2009.