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Telangana: Senior Congress MLA Kishta Reddy passes away

Senior Congress MLA in Telangana and Chairman of Public Accounts Committee (PAC) P Kishta Reddy today died following a heart attack.

74-year-old Reddy, MLA from Narayankhed in Medak district, died in sleep at his residence in Hyderabad, his son Sanjeev Reddy said.

The senior leader was in Hyderabad to attend the meetings of PAC and he did not wake up till 8 AM today which was unusual, he said.

Kishta Reddy was unconscious and he was taken to a hospital where the doctors declared him brought dead.

His body would be shifted to Narayankhed later in the day and funeral would take place tomorrow, Sanjeev Reddy added.

Reddy, a four-time MLA, is survived by his wife and four sons.

Born on October 2, 1941 at Panchgama village in Narayankhed mandal of Medak district (neighbouring Hyderabad), the MLA was a gold medalist in law from Osmania University in Hyderabad.

He entered active politics in 1970s and became Sarpanch of his native village panchgama and later served as president of Panchayat Samithi from 1981 to 1986.

He was elected to undivided Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly in 1989, 1999, 2009 and 2014.

He retained his Narayankhed seat in 2014 despite a wave in Telangana in favour of TRS.

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, Opposition Leader (Congress) in Telangana Legislative Assembly K Jana Reddy, Andhra Pradesh Congress president N Raghuveera Reddy and several other leaders condoled his demise.