03 August, 2021

Rao And His Sons: Uneasy Ties

Of the three sons, it's only Prabhakar who is said to have exploited PVNR's position

Rao And His Sons: Uneasy Ties
IT was perhaps in the early '70s that P.V. Narasimha Rao was first taken by surprise by a suitcase full of money. His eldest son, P.V. Ranga Rao, had collec-ted close to Rs 10 lakh to influence MPs and "key persons" to ensure that Brahmananda Reddy was ousted from chief ministership and his father given the stewardship of Andhra Pradesh.

Narasimha Rao was shocked to see the suitcase with Rs 2 lakh in crisp currency notes that Ranga carried about with him on his mission. He was quick to admonish his errant son. He asked him to stop his ridiculous campaign and return the money to whoever gave it to him. It is not known what Ranga did with the money, but Reddy was ousted and Narasimha Rao replaced him as chief minister in September 1971.

Of his three sons—Ranga, Rajeshwar and Prabhakar—it has been the eldest who has been the most outspoken. Ranga Rao, a committed bachelor after the girl he loved died in an accident, has often been described as a maverick who lets his heart rule his head. After his father rapped him on the knuckles for the means he adopted to oust...

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