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Rayapati Sambasiva Rao is a businessman turned politician from Guntur District, Andhra Pradesh and representing Congress Party. He is Chairman of Jayalakshmi Group of companies which are majorly involved in Tobacco export business. He is Member of Parliament (MP) from Guntur Constituency. Rayapati Sambasiva Rao is elder in Rayapati Brothers who have strong hold on the politics of the district. He owns RVR Group of Educational Institutions, MD of Transstroy India Limited and Member of Tobacco Board, AICTE and TTD.

Rayapati is a senior politician of the Congress Party in the state. He has been member of various committees at state and central levels. He was also a Member of Rajya Sabha during 1982-88 and later contested to Lok Sabha from Guntur.

Rayapati Sambasiva Rao is a follower of late Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy. He is not consistent in his political statements on Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy and also talking of retirement from politics. He has been attacking state minister from Guntur District Kanna Lakshminarayana on corruption charges to settle his rivalry with him and take control of the party in the district. He also sent a much controversial letter to Sonia Gandhi listing most corrupt ministers in the state cabinet. He also expected a ministry in the recent cabinet reshuffle at the center. Disappointed at various levels, Rayapati Sambasiva Rao is slowly making his mind on the future course of action. Recently Rayapati warned the Congress leadership of losing the state if it continues to ignore the state in sharing power and giving due priority in releasing funds. Following is the brief profile of Rayapati Sambasiva Rao:

NameRayapati Sambasiva Rao
Father’s NameVenkata Ranga Rao
Date and Place of Birth7 June 1943, Unguturu Village, Guntur District, Andhra Pradesh
Marital Status
Name of the spouse
Smt. Leela Kumari
Children One son and two daughters
Education B.Sc., Educated at New Science College, Hyderabad
Profession Agriculturist, Industrialist and Politician
Permanent Address4th Line, Lakshmipuram, Guntur - 522 007, Andhra Pradesh
Delhi AddressC - 1/20, Pandara park, Pandara Road, New Delhi
Positions Held1. 1982-88: Member, Rajya Sabha
2. Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Commerce.
3. Member, Consultative Committee, Shipping and Transport.
4. Treasurer, P.C.A, Andhra Pradesh
5. General Secretary, P.C.C, Andhra Pradesh.
6. 1991-94: Chairman Committee on Implementation of 20 – Point Programme, Government of A.P.
7. 1996-98: Member, 11th Loksabha
8. 1998-99: Member 12th Lok Sabha.
9. Member - Committee on Public Under Takings.
10. Member - Standing Committee Finance.
11. Member Tobacco Board.
12. 2004- 2009: Member 14th Lok Sabha
13. Chairman- Parliamentary Standing Committee on Water Resources
14. Member- Consultative Committee for Ministry of Commerce and Industry
Social and Cultural ActivitiesRural development and Philanthropic activities
Favorite PastimeTraveling and Reading
Sports and Clubs Life Member, Guntur Club; Andhra Social and Cultural Association, Madras and Delhi Race Club
Countries VisitedMalaysia, Singapore, Thailand, U.K. U.S.S.R, U.S.A and countries of Eastern and Western Europe.
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