Ananda Gajapathi Raju (Former Andhra Pradesh minister) brother of Union Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju died at a private hospital in Visakhapatnam on saturday after suffering a heart attack. He was at the age-of 66. He, was not keeping well for the last couple of months and suffered a cardiac arrest after which he was taken to Manipal Hospital in Visakhapatnam, nearly 66 kms from Vizianagaram family members said. Raju, who hailed from the titular family of Vizianagaram, started his political career with TDP in 1983 and won state assembly elections the same year. He became Member of Parliament on a TDP ticket in 1984 from Bobbili constituency in Vizianagaram district and won the same seat as a Congress candidate in 1991. Raju also held Health and Education portfolios in the NT Rama Rao government.

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