New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday condoled the death of former Sikkim governor V. Rama Rao, saying he will be remembered for his pursuit of excellence in public life.
He was a lawyer by profession and practised at the Andhra Pradesh High Court. Rao died in Hyderabad on Sunday, after prolonged illness. He was 81.
An official press release said the president sent his condolence message to Rao’s wife Vasantha Kumari.
“The nation will always remember him for his contributions and pursuit of excellence in public life,” Mukherjee said in his message.
Rao started his political career in 1956 when he joined Jana Sangh and was elected to Andhra Pradesh legislative council in 1966, 1972, 1978 and 1984. He served as a Party Floor Leader in council during his last term.
He served as president of BJP’s Andhra Pradesh unit from 1993 to 2001 and he served as Sikkim governor from 2002 to 2007.