Dubbaka MLA and Assembly Estimates Committee Chairman Solipeta Ramalinga Reddy died of heart attack after a prolonged illness at a private hospital. Family members took his mortal remains to his native village Chittapur for last rites. The four-time legislator played an active role in the statehood movement. A journalist before he joined politics, Ramalinga Reddy was soft spoken and was remembered for his simplicity.
The 59-year-old legislator from the ruling party fell sick nearly two weeks ago after being operated on for varicocele at Rush Hospital in Kompally, a private hospital. He got infection on one leg and eventually it began affecting his overall health. As his condition deteriorated, family members shifted him to Asian Institute of Gastroenterology in Gachchibowli nearly 12 days ago, the MLA’s close relative Srinivas Reddy said.
He represented Dubbaka in Siddipet district in the Assembly. The four-time MLA played an active role in the separate Telangana movement after joining the party in 2001. He was a journalist before he joined politics.
Chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao went to Chittapur, the native village of Ramalinga Reddy, to offer his condolences to the bereaved family. He broke down upon seeing the body of the legislator. Chandrashekar Rao recalled his association with the legislator during the Telangana agitation. The two have been associated for 35 years.
Several party leaders including ministers KT Rama Rao, E Dayakar Rao, A Indrakaran Reddy, SC, ST commission chairman E Srinivas, CM KCR’s political secretary S Subhash Reddy and others expressed condolences on the death of Ramalinga Reddy. The leaders said his demise was a big loss for TRS and people of his constituency.