Konijeti Rosaiah

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Konijeti Rosaiah
కొణిజేటి రోశయ్య
Konijeti Rosaiah BNC.jpg
18th Governor of Tamil Nadu
In office
31 August 2011 – 30 August 2016
Preceded by Surjit Singh Barnala
Succeeded by C. Vidyasagar Rao (Addl. charge)
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 83)
Vemuru, Madras Presidency, British India
(now in Guntur District, Andhra Pradesh, India)
Political party INC
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 an Indian politician who was Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh from 2009 to 2010[2][3][4] and Governor of Tamil Nadu from 2011 to 2016. He was previously an MLC, MLA and MP from the Indian National Congress numerous times and 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.[5]

While serving as Governor of Tamil Nadu, he was also given additional responsibility as Governor of Karnataka when Governor H. R. Bhardwaj's term ended on 28 June 2014,[6][7] until Vajubhai Vala took over on 1 September 2014.

Early life[edit]

Rosaiah was born in an Agricultural family in Vemuru, Guntur District, in Andhra Pradesh.[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 interacted and worked closely with most of the Prime Ministers of India, including Jawaharlal Nehru.

Ministerial portfolios held[edit]

As APCC President[edit]

Rosaiah was the President of the Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) from 1994 to 1996.

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 June 2011 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]


  1. ^ "Rosaiah not to contest Assembly polls". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 24 August 2008. 
  2. ^ "Rosaiah takes oath as caretaker Andhra CM". The Times of India. 2009-09-03. Archived from the original on 5 September 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-03. 
  3. ^ "Konijeti Rosaiah appointed the new Tamil Nadu Governor". Indiavision news. Aug 26, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Rosaiah - A low profile leader". 
  5. ^ "rosaiah : ap chief minister k rosaiah : Andhra Pradesh CM Rosaiah resigns : Rosaiah resigns as Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister". BindasLand. Retrieved 25 November 2010. 
  6. ^ Mariappan, Julie (27 June 2014). "Tamil Nadu Governor Rosaiah given additional charge of Karnataka". 
  7. ^ "Rosaiah named new Tamil Nadu governor, Farook shifted to Kerala". Times of India. 28 August 2011. Retrieved 28 August 2011. 
  8. ^ http://www.tn.gov.in/government/keycontact/197
  9. ^ a b Kumar, S. Nagesh (8 September 2009). "Focus shifts to governance, Rosaiah takes full charge". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 
  10. ^ Kumar, S. Nagesh (24 November 2010). "Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K Rosaiah resigns". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 
  11. ^ "Rosaiah sworn in as Andhra CM". Chennai, India: The Hindu. 2009-09-03. Retrieved 2009-09-03. 
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
Preceded by
Surjit Singh Barnala
Governor of Tamil Nadu
Succeeded by
C. Vidyasagar Rao