His Excellency Dr. K. Rosaiah
Governor of Tamil Nadu
Sri. Konijeti Rosaiah was born on 4th July,1933 in a middle class agricultural family in Vemuru in Guntur District in Andhra Pradesh. His father Late Subbaiah was an agriculturist. K.Rosaiah studied B.Com in Hindu College , Guntur. During his student days he was active in politics and was elected as General Secretary, Guntur Hindu college Students Union in 1952. He was a staunch follower of veteran freedom fighter N.G. Ranga. He was elected as member of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council in 1968 and in 1974. In 1977 he acted as Chairman of Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Developmental Corporation Ltd and held the post till 1979. From 1978 to May 1979 he was leader of opposition in the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council. When Dr. M. Channa Reddy became the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh he made K.Rosaiah as a Minister and allotted the Portfolio of Roads and Buildings. Rosaiah held the post from 1979 to 1980. He was the Minister for Housing and Transport in the Cabinet of Sri. T. Anjaiah in 1980-81. From September 1982 to January 1983 he was the Minister for Home in the Cabinet of Sri. K. Vijayabhaskar Reddy. He acted as the leader of opposition in Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council from 1983 to till the abolition of Legislative Council in 1985. When Dr. M. Channa Reddy became the Chief Minister second time in December 1989, he again inducted Sri. K. Rosaiah in his Cabinet and allotted the Portfolio of Finance, Power, Transport, Higher Education, Handloom, Textiles and Legislative Affairs. After serving as Minister till December in 1990, Sri. K. Rosaiah held the Portfolio as Minister for Medical and Health in the Sri. N. Janarthana Reddy’s Ministry in 1991-92. In 1992-94 Sri. K. Vijayabhaskar Reddy the then Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh inducted Sri. K. Rosaiah in his Cabinet and allotted the Portfolio of Finance, Power and Medical and Health. From 1995-97 Sri. K. Rosaiah served as President of Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee. In the year 1998 he was elected to the Lok Sabha from Narasaraopet Constituency and served in various Parliamentary Committees. From 2004-2009 he was the Minister for Finance, Planning, Legislative Affairs, Health & Medical and Family welfare in the Cabinet of Dr. Y.S. Rajashekar Reddy. He was elected as Member of Legislative Council from Assembly Constituency in 2009 and he was again inducted in the Dr. Y.S. Rajashekara Reddy’s Ministry as Minister of Finance, Planning and Legislative Affairs from May 2009 to 3rd September 2009. After the then Chief Minister Dr. Y.S. Rajashekara Reddy’s sudden death Dr. K. Rosaiah became the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh on 3rd September 2009 and continued till 24th November 2010.
He had the privilege of presenting the State Budget for 16 times which is a record and 7 years consecutively. Considering his Sincerity, Humbleness, Straight forwardness, Dedication for the welfare of the people of Andhra Pradesh, the Andhra University, Visakapatnam conferred Honorary Doctorate on K. Rosaiah in October 2007.
After serving the people of Andhra Pradesh for over 5 decades in various capacities as Minister and Chief Minister Dr. K. Rosaiah retired from active politics and assumed office as the 23rd Governor of Tamil Nadu on 31st August 2011. He has held Additional Charge as Governor of Karnataka from 29th June 2014 till 31st August 2014. He is a voracious reader and has the habit of reading more than 10 news papers every day. He married Smt. Sivalakshmi and the couple has 2 sons and one daughter.
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