Rayapati Sambasiva Rao

Rayapati Sambasiva Rao is an Indian politician and a member of the 11th, 12th, 14th, 15th, and 16th Lok Sabha. He was one of the youngest members to be elected to the Rajya Sabha at the age of 39. He represented the Narasaraopet and Guntur parliamentary constituency of Andhra Pradesh and currently is a member of the Telugu Desam Party.

Rayapati Sambasiva Rao
Member of parliament ,Loksabha
In office
16 May 2014 – 23 May 2019
Preceded byModugula Venu Gopal Reddy
Succeeded byLaavu Sri Krishna Devarayalu
Member of parliament, Loksabha
In office
Preceded byYemparala Venkateswara Rao
Succeeded byJayadev Galla
Member of parliament, Loksabha
In office
Preceded byS M Lal Jan Basha
Succeeded byYemparala Venkateswara Rao
Member of parliament, Rajya Sabha
In office
Personal details
Born (1943-06-07) 7 June 1943 (age 78)
Unguturu, Andhra Pradesh
Political partyTelugu Desam Party since 2014
Other political
Indian National Congress (1982-2014)
Spouse(s)Leela Kumari
ChildrenRayapati Ranga Rao, Marni Devika Rani, Muthavarapu Lakshmi
As of 16 September, 2006
Source: [1]

Early lifeEdit

Rao was born in Unguturu, Guntur district, Andhra Pradesh. His father, Venkata Ranga Rao, was a farmer and a follower of Shaivism. His mother, Sitaramamma was a housewife. Sambasivarao was eldest of the seven children. He completed his Secondary Education from Tadikonda and graduated from New Science College, Hyderabad.


He was inspired by the Indian National Congress, led by then-Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and his maternal uncle Gogineni Kanakaiah, who was also a prominent politician. He served as Sarpanch and President Panchayat Samithi, Tadikonda. He was elected as a member of the Rajya Sabha, and later elected to Lok Sabha for five terms.

Bank fraud caseEdit

Sambasiva Rao is the prime accused in transstroy bank fraud case to the tune of 7926Cr Rupees.[1] According to the chargesheet filed by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Sambasiva Rao created fake companies in the name of his maids, drivers and sweepers for diversion of funds from Banks.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

Sambasiva Rao is married to Leela Kumari. They have one son, Rayapati Ranga Rao and two daughters Devika Rani and Lakshmi.


  1. ^ Transstroy, ex-TDP MP Rayapati Sambasiva Rao in CBI net for Rs 7,926 crore bank fraud – Newindiaexpress.New Indiaexpress (19 December 2020). Retrieved on 19 December 2020.
  2. ^ Rs 7,926 crore loan fraud: Ex-TDP MP floats fake firms in name of maids, drivers and sweerers – Timesofindia. timesofindia.indiatimes.com (21 December 2020). Retrieved on 21 December 2020.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Rayapati Sambasiva Rao at Wikimedia Commons