Boddepalli Rajagopala Rao

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Boddepalli Rajagopala Rao
In office
6 terms (1952 - 1984)
Succeeded by Appayyadora Hanumantu
Constituency Srikakulam constituency
Personal details
Born 12 March 1923
Akkulapeta, Amadalavalasa
Died 22 February 1992 age 69
Political party Indian National Congress
Spouse(s) Seethamma
Children 3; 2 sons and 1 daughter
Website [1]

Boddepalli Rajagopala Rao (b: 12 March 1923 - d: 22 February 1992) was a veteran parliamentarian in India.

Political History[edit]

Boddepalli Rajagopala Rao represented Srikakulam (Lok Sabha constituency) in Andhra Pradesh for six terms between 1952 and 1967 (1st, 2nd and 3rd Lok Sabha) and 1971 to 1984 (5th, 6th and 7th Lok Sabha).[1] He was elected to the Indian Parliament for the first time as Independent candidate and later joined Indian National Congress.

He started the career from Panchayat level and reached the highest forum of democracy in India. During his long parliamentary career, he successfully drew the attention of the House to the problems faced by the tribal and other weaker sections of the society.

A dedicated political and social worker, he took keen interest in the development of co-operative societies. He was director of Andhra Pradesh State Co-operative Bank, Hyderabad for 6 years.

Rajagopala Rao Boddepalli died on 22 February 1992 at Visakhapatnam at the age of 68 years.[2]

In his career he had successfully completed his mission to add the kalinga caste from OC to BC as a result of which many people of that caste are able to get higher education and opportunities .

The Vamsadhara project built on Vamsadhara River in Srikakulam district has been named after Boddepalli Rajagopala Rao.[3]

Personal life[edit]

His parents were Boddepalli Sitaramaswamy and Annapoorna and he was born at Akkulapeta, near Amadalavalasa in 1923. He was educated at Vizianagaram College and Pachaiyappa's College, Madras.

His wife's name is Seethamma and they have two sons and one daughter. His elder son is Chitty Babu who is a social worker, serving the poor people in the district and continued their family's political history in the State. Chitty Babu's wife Satyavathi is former MLA for Amadalavalasa. His younger son is Dr.B.Sitharama Swamy, a pediatrician.


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