Rosaiah Calls It A Day
- Retires As Governor
- Not Returning To Active Politics
- Six Decades Career Comes To An End
Hyderabad: Konijeti Rosaiah, the octogenarian leader who retired as Tamil Nadu Governor on Tuesday reportedly told a journalist in Hyderabad that he is not interested in returning to active politics. The 83-year old leader is understood to have said on Wednesday that he is looking forward to a peaceful retired life back home in Hyderabad.
‘I have had the longest political innings of 60 years. I cannot at this stage return to politics or the Congress party now that the State was bifurcated. You can say I have retired from all political activity for good and would like to spend peaceful life at my own house in Hyderabad’, the former Governor told CH.V.M. Krishna Rao of Deccan Chronicle over phone.
Rosaiah, who was the last but one chief minister of undivided Andhra Pradesh had served at the helm for 14 months following the tragic death of Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy on 2 September 2009 in a helicopter crash. A very clever and careful politician, Rosaiah had been CM, Opposition leader, Number Two Minister in many cabinets and finance minister for more years than any other politician in AP. He was not very comfortable as chief minister as the Telangana movement picked up pace after the demise of YSR what with K Chandrasekhara Rao (KCR) going on indefinite fast on November 30 forcing the Central government to concede his demand for a separate State of Telangana. A staunch integrationist, Rosaiah, as chief minister, had to preside over an all-party meeting on 7 December 2009 which recommended the bifurcation of the State. Only CPM had opposed the idea of bifurcation and all other party, with degrees of variation in the language, supported the proposal in view of the intensity of the separatist sentiment. Rosaiah was summoned to Delhi by the Congress high command. He expressed his personal view that bifurcation is not desirable and returned to Hyderabad. While he was in the air flying back to Hyderabad in the late evening of 9 December 2009, which happened to be birthday of the Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, the then Union Home Minister P Chidambaram made a historic statement that the process of formation of Telangana State would soon begin. That the very next day MPs and MLAs of both the Congress and the TDP form Seemandhra region had resigned en masse forcing Chidambaram to postpone his decision and appoint Justice Srikrishan Committee ‘to know the views of the people’ is now history. But Rosaiah, at the far end of his political career had the mortification of presiding over a dithering regime that could not prevent bifurcation of the State. Literally sitting on the edge of his seat, he was shifted to Chennai as governor after appointing N Kiran Kumar Reddy, a young politician from Rayalaseema, who was expected to stop YS Jaganmohan Reddy, son of YSR and an emerging leader from the same region, in his track, as CM.
The life at Chennai Raj Bhavan was cool although there were political hiccups. He had seen Chief Minister J Jayalalitaa being jailed and then released on bail. Rosaiah was also a witness to an epic fight that Jayalalitaa had waged single handedly to win an unprecedented second term in a row as CM. She equaled the record set by her mentor MG Ramachandran. The lady was very kind to the senior politician who always behaved within his limits unlike his predecessor Dr Marri Channa Reddy who had a running feud with her in her first stint as CM. A very prominent Vysya leader from Guntur district, Rosaiah had attended a series of meetings organized by Arya Vysya Sanghams all over the State of AP before his retirement. He was more comfortable visiting Telugu States to participate in various functions.
Rosaiah was a seasoned politician who worked with stalwarts like Tanguturu Prakasham Pantulu, NG Ranga, Gowthu Latchanna and N Sanjeeva Reddy. In 1978 when the Congress party split, he chose to remain with the then Chief Minister Jalagam Vengal Rao in Reddy Congress headed by Kasu Brahmananda Reddy as against the other Congress outfit led by Indira Gandhi. As leader of opposition in the Legislative Cousil, Rosaiah gave a tough time to the then Chief Minister Dr Channa Reddy. After Reddy Congress Legislature Party merged with the Congress (I), Rosaiah joined the ministry and became the right hand of the CM. He continued to occupy important positions in the cabinets headed by N Janardhan Reddy, Kotla Vijaya Bhaskara Reddy and YS Rajasekhara Reddy. Soft spoken and well behaved, Rosaiah was instrumental in keeping the financial health of the united AP as its long standing finance minister. He would be returning to Hyderabad after formally handing over charge to another Telugu politician and Governor of Maharashtra Chennamaneni Vidyasagara Rao who was asked to act as Tamil Nadu governor, as an additional charge, until a new person is appointed.
The Primepost wishes Rosaiah long and peaceful life on the occasion of his retirement from active politics.