Konijeti Rosaiah

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Konijeti Rosaiah
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18th Governor of Tamil Nadu
Assumed office
31 August 2011
Preceded by Surjit Singh Barnala
17th Governor of Karnataka
In office
28 June 2014 – 31 August 2014
Preceded by H. R. Bhardwaj
Succeeded by Vajubhai Vala
15th Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh
Constituency Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India[1](MLC)
In office
3 September 2009 – 24 November 2010
Preceded by Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy
Succeeded by Kiran Kumar Reddy
Member of the Indian Parliament
for Narasaraopet
In office
10 March 1998 – 26 April 1999
Preceded by Kota Saidiah
Succeeded by Nedurumalli Janardhana Reddy
Personal details
Born (1933-07-04) 4 July 1933 (age 81)
Vemuru, Madras Presidency, British India
(now in Guntur District, Andhra Pradesh, India)
Political party Indian National Congress
Spouse(s) Sivalaxmi
Children K S Subba Rao
P Rama Devi
K S N Murthy
Residence Ameerpet, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
Religion Hindu

Konijeti Rosaiah (born 4 July 1933) is the current Governor of Tamil Nadu. He was also given the additional responsibility as Governor of Karnataka as the governor H. R. Bhardwaj's term ended on 28th June,2014,[2] [3]until Vajubhai Vala took over on 1st September 2014. He is also a former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh.[4][5][6] He was previously an MLC, MLA & MP of the Indian National Congress numerous times and has 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 most recognized.[7]

Early life[edit]

Rosaiah was born in the middle class Agricultural family in kuda kuda, near suryapet in Nalgonda District of Telangana[8] 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...

Political career[edit]

Rosaiah is a political disciple of Swatantra Party leader and independence activist N.G. Ranga.[9] 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 had interacted and worked closely with most of the Prime Ministers of India including Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru.

Ministerial Portfolios held[edit]

As APCC President[edit]

Rosaiah was the President of the Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee () from 1995 to 1997.

As Finance Minister[edit]

Rosaiah presented the state budget 16 times, including 7 times in a row, a record in the country.[9] 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 Minister[edit]

Rosaiah took over as the Chief Minister after the death of Y. S. Rajashekhara Reddy. In his tenure, Rosaiah 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.[10]

As Governor of Tamil Nadu[edit]

On 26 August 2011, President Pratibha Patil, appointed Rosaiah as the new Governor of Tamil Nadu succeeding Surjit Singh Barnala. Rosaiah was sworn in as Governor on 31 August 2011 by the Chief Justice of the Madras High Court.


Andhra University conferred him with an honorary doctorate in 2007.[11]

See also[edit]


Political offices
Preceded by
Yanamala Ramakrishnudu
Finance Minister of Andhra Pradesh
Succeeded by
Anam Ramanarayana Reddy
Preceded by
Yeduguri Sandinti Rajasekhara Reddy
Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh
Succeeded by
Nallari Kiran Kumar Reddy
Government offices
Preceded by
Surjit Singh Barnala
Governor of Tamil Nadu