Ex-Governor P. Shiva Shankar No More

Hyderabad: Former Union minister and governor Punjala Shiv Shankar passed away at his Jubilee Hills residence here on Monday morning. He was 88.

Shiv Shankar was born on August 10, 1929 and practised law and worked as judge of Andhra Pradesh High Court during 1974 and 1975. A confidant of late prime ministers Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi, Shiv Shankar joined politics and was elected to Sixth Lok Sabha from Secunderabad in 1979 and retained the seat in 1980.

He was inducted into Indira Gandhi cabinet in 1980 as Minister of Law and Justice. In 1985, P. Shiv Shankar was elected to Rajya Sabha from Gujarat and remained in Upper House till 1993. He was Minister of External Affairs and Minister of Human Resource Development during these terms.

He was also deputy chairman of Planning Commission from 1987 to 1988. Later, he became Leader of the House in Rajya Sabha from 1988 to 1989. He also served as Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha during 1989 and 1991. P. Shiv Shankar was sworn in as Governor of Sikkim on September 21, 1994. He was Governor of Kerala from 1995 to 1996.

In 1998 general elections, Shiv Shankar successfully contested election from Tenali Lok Sabha defeating incumbent M.P. Sarada Tadiparthi of Telugu Desam Party. In 2004, Shiv Shankar quit the Congress alleging that party tickets were being sold in Andhra Pradesh. In 2008, he joined Praja Rajyam Party formed by Telugu film actor Chiranjeevi. In August 2011, Praja Rajyam Party merged with the Congress. (NSS)

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