BJP leader and former Andhra minister Manikyala Rao died after suffering from coronavirus. He was 60 years old. Manikyala Rao belonged to the West Godavari district and contested elections from there along with winning the 2014 elections for the first time as an MLA for the BJP party. He was the Revenue Minister in the then TDP government. He continued as a minister from 2014 to 2018. Manikyala Rao has been getting treatment at a hospital in Vijayawada for a month due to corona. Doctors declared him dead today.
He was admitted to a private hospital in Vijayawada a week ago due to difficulty in breathing. He was on a ventilator for a few days as his health was deteriorating. He lost his life on Saturday as the situation worsened. Manikyala Rao's funeral will be conducted as per COVID rules. Born in Thadepalligudem in 1961, he served as the minister in the cabinet of Chandrababu Naidu.
Manikyala Rao informed the people through a video that he was infected with corona. Manikyala Rao was the first Telugu politician to die because of the coronavirus. The TDP, YSRCP and Janasena ranks, including BJP leaders, have expressed deep grief over the death of the former minister.