Balli Durgaprasad Rao, Member of Parliament representing the Tirupati (SC) Lok Sabha constituency, passed away while going through treatment at a personal hospital in Chennai on Wednesday.
Mr. Durgaprasad, 64, a native of Venkatagiri town, was earlier with the Telugu Desam Celebration (TDP) and got on to the YSR Congress PARty bandwagon just ahead of the elections. Previously, he had won from the Gudur Assembly seat on TDP ticket. He made eyebrows raise when the YSRCP chose him for Tirupati Parliamentary seat, as he was then considered an overall complete stranger to the temple city, as majority of the parliamentary constituency spread over to the adjacent SPSR Nellore district.
Braving the chances, he emerged triumphant, thanks to the Jagan wave that was sweeping the state, by beating his nearby rival and previous union minister Panabaka Lakshmi, who had jumped around the very same time from the Congress to the Telugu Desam Party (TDP).
Senior politicians from the district, particularly from the judgment YSRC, expressed their shock over the demise of the senior politician. Tirupati MLA Bhumana Karunakar Reddy conveyed his sincere acknowledgements to the member of the family of Durgaprasad.