Chennupati Vidya

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Chennupati Vidya
Member of Parliament
In office
1980 - 1984 and 1989 - 1991
Preceded by Godey Murahari
Succeeded by Vadde Sobhanadreeswar Rao
Constituency Vijayawada
Personal details
Born (1934-06-05)5 June 1934
Vizianagaram, British India
Died 18 August 2018(2018-08-18) (aged 84)
Vijayawada, India
Political party Indian National Congress
Spouse(s) Chennupati Seshagiri Rao
Children 1 son; 3 daughters
Parents Gora (father)
Saraswathi Gora (mother)
Awards Jamnalal Bajaj Award (2014)

Chennupati Vidya (5 June 1934 – 18 August 2018) was an Indian politician and social worker. She was twice elected to the Lok Sabha, in 1980 and 1989.


She was the daughter of famous atheist Goparaju Ramachandra Rao, better known as Gora, and of his wife Saraswathi. She was born in Vizianagram in today's Andhra Pradesh on 5 June 1934 and was educated at Andhra University, Visakhapatnam. In 1950, she married Chennupati Seshagiri Rao (1921–2008). She had one son and three daughters.[1]

From 1969 she was the president of the Vasavya Mahila Mandali, an NGO dedicated to the empowerment of women and children in Andhra Pradesh.[2]

She was elected to the 7th Lok Sabha in 1980 from Vijayawada constituency on an Indian National Congress ticket. She was reelected in 1989 to the 9th Lok Sabha from the same constituency.[1]

She was President of Andhra Pradesh Kho-kho Association and associated with Rotary Movement and Lions Club.

She died in Vijayawada on 18 August 2018.[3]

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • 2014: Jamnalal Bajaj Award under "Development and welfare of women and children" category.[4]
  • Aadarsa Manya Mahila (Ideal Woman) in the Telugu Book of Record.[5]