Konijeti Rosaiah

Konijeti Rosaiah (born 4 July 1933) is an Indian politician who was Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh from 2009 to 2010[1][2][3] 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.[4]

Konijeti Rosaiah
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13th Governor of Tamil Nadu
In office
31 August 2011 – 30 August 2016
Chief MinisterJ. Jayalalithaa
Preceded bySurjit Singh Barnala
Succeeded byC. Vidyasagar Rao (Additional 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
GovernorN. D. Tiwari,
E. S. L. Narasimhan
Preceded byY. S. Rajasekhara Reddy
Succeeded byNallari Kiran Kumar Reddy
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
In office
10 March 1998 – 26 April 1999
Prime MinisterAtal Bihari Vajpayee
Preceded byKota Saidiah
Succeeded byNedurumalli Janardhana Reddy
Personal details
Born (1933-07-04) 4 July 1933 (age 87)
Vemuru, Madras Presidency, British India
(present-day Andhra Pradesh, India)
Political partyIndian National Congress (until 2011)
Konijeti Sivalakshmi
(m. 1950)
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,[5][6] until Vajubhai Vala took over on 1 September 2014.After completion of his five year term as Governor of Tamil Nadu he took retirement from active politics.

Early lifeEdit

Konijeti Rosaiah was born into a Telugu-speaking, middle-class Hindu Gavara Komati Vaishya family in Vemuru, Tenali mandal, Guntur District, in Andhra Pradesh.[7] 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.

Personal LifeEdit

He was married on 4th June 1950 to Smt Sivalakshmi[8].He has 2 sons and 1 daughter[9].Sons are KS Subba Rao and KSN Murthy and daughter is P Rama Devi.His socio-cultural activities include helping the under-privileged.He is also a good orator[10].He was also member of the spices board in the year 1998.His profession includes Agriculturist,Trader and Industrialist.He is currently residing in Hyderabad after retirement from active political life.

Political careerEdit

Rosaiah began as a political disciple of Swatantra Party leader and independence activist N.G. Ranga[11].[12] 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.In the year 2011 he was sworn as Governor of TamilNadu.[13] 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

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

As Finance MinisterEdit

Rosaiah presented the state budget 16 times, including 7 times in a row, a record in the country.[12] 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. Rosaiah 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

Rosaiah 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.[14]

Political HistoryEdit

As per the Information submitted to Parliament Office, as Member of Parliament of 12th Lok Sabha the following positions were held by him:[15]

1968-85 Member, Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council

1979-83 Minister, Roads and Buildings, Housing, Transport and Home, Andhra Pradesh

1989-94 Member, Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly and Minister, Finance and Transport, Andhra Pradesh

1992-93 Leader of House, Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly

1998 Elected to 12th Lok Sabha

1998-99 Member, Committee on Industry and Member, Library Committee and Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting

He retired from active politics in August 2016,after completion of his term as Governor of Tamilnadu[16].His political career lasted around 60 years.


Andhra University conferred Rosaiah with an honorary doctorate in 2007.[17]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "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.
  2. ^ "Konijeti Rosaiah appointed the new Tamil Nadu Governor". Indiavision news. 26 August 2011.
  3. ^ "Rosaiah - A low profile leader".
  4. ^ "rosaiah : ap chief minister k rosaiah : Andhra Pradesh CM Rosaiah resigns : Rosaiah resigns as Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister". BindasLand. Archived from the original on 25 November 2010. Retrieved 25 November 2010.
  5. ^ Mariappan, Julie (27 June 2014). "Tamil Nadu Governor Rosaiah given additional charge of Karnataka".
  6. ^ "Rosaiah named new Tamil Nadu governor, Farook shifted to Kerala". The Times of India. 28 August 2011. Retrieved 28 August 2011.
  7. ^ "Biographical Sketch of Member of 12th Lok Sabha". loksabhaph.nic.in. Retrieved 15 February 2021.
  8. ^ "Biographical Sketch of Member of 12th Lok Sabha". loksabhaph.nic.in. Retrieved 16 February 2021.
  9. ^ "Rosaiah sworn in as Tamil Nadu governor". Hindustan Times. Hindustan Times. 31 August 2011. Retrieved 16 February 2021.
  10. ^ "Rosaiah sworn in as Tamil Nadu governor". Hindustan Times. Hindustan Times. 31 August 2011. Retrieved 16 February 2021.
  11. ^ "Rosaiah sworn in as Tamil Nadu governor". Hindustan Times. Hindustan Times. 31 August 2011. Retrieved 16 February 2021.
  12. ^ a b Kumar, S. Nagesh (8 September 2009). "Focus shifts to governance, Rosaiah takes full charge". The Hindu. Chennai, India.
  13. ^ "Rosaiah sworn in as Tamil Nadu governor". Hindustan Times. Hindustan Times. 31 August 2011. Retrieved 16 February 2021.
  14. ^ Kumar, S. Nagesh (24 November 2010). "Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K Rosaiah resigns". The Hindu. Chennai, India.
  15. ^ "Biographical Sketch of Member of 12th Lok Sabha". loksabhaph.nic.in. Retrieved 15 February 2021.
  16. ^ CH V. M. Krishna, Rao (1 September 2016). "Konijeti Rosaiah retires after an epic 60 years in politics". Deccan Chronicle. Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 16 February 2021.
  17. ^ "Rosaiah sworn in as Andhra CM". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 3 September 2009. Retrieved 3 September 2009.