PVs son Rajeshwar Rao passes away

Veteran Congress leader , son of former Prime Minister PV Narsimha Rao and former parliament member PV Rajeshwar Rao (70) died today due to illness.

He was elected as a member of parliament from Secunderabad. PV Rajeshwar nursed political ambitions. At one point, though, he wanted to become a playback singer and even sang light music on local TV but was quick to realise that his voice would not get him very far.

His big break in politics came when he took over as general secretary of the Congress’ Andhra Pradesh unit in 1991, when Narasimha Rao became prime minister. Rajeshwar began to wield considerable influence in ticket distribution and even now virtually runs the state Congress unit.

Apart from running his father’s campaign in Nandyal during the Lok Sabha elections, he supervised the periodic yagnas in Madras to ward off evil influences threatening his father’s tenure as prime minister. He contested this election from Secunderabad and was elected to the Lok Sabha.