Former AP CM Janardhana passes away

Former AP CM Janardhana passes away

Former Andhra chief minister Pradesh Nedurumalli Janardhana Reddy (80) passed away after a prolonged illness here at the NIMS hospital in the early hours on Friday.

He was undergoing treatment for neurology related problems. His body has been shifted to his residence at Somajiguda.

Janardhana, a sitting Rajya Sabha member, was the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh between 1990 and 1992. He was a three time MP and also served as minister under several Congress chief ministers. As chief minister, he initiated several steps to curb Naxal violence. He also survived an attack on his life by the Naxals in 2007, when they blew up a culvert his convoy was crossing.

He is survived by wife N Rajyalaskshmi, a former minister, sons Ram Kumar Reddy, Ashok Kumar Reddy, Gautham Reddy and Bharath Reddy. In Vakadu of Nellore district, the native place of Janardhana,  shops and establishments were shut down as a mark of respect to the departed leader. Janardhana’s funeral will take place in Vakadu on Saturday.

Janardhana joined the Congress in 1972 and become APCC chief by 1988.