Former AP assembly Speaker Kodela Siva Prasad Rao commits suicide

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Former Andhra Pradesh assembly Speaker Kodela Siva Prasad Rao has committed suicide at his home in Hyderabad, the police said today. Mr Rao, 72, was one of the senior-most leaders of the opposition Telugu Desam Party in the state.

Rao joined the TDP in 1983. He is survived by two sons and a daughter.

Rao, who was born in a farmer’s family, went on to become a doctor after graduating from Guntur Medical College.

The six-time MLA became the assembly speaker in 2014.