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TDP MLA Bhuma Nagi Reddy dies of heart attack

IANS | New Delhi |

TDP MLA and member of the Andhra Pradesh assembly Bhuma Nagi Reddy has died of cardiac arrest in Kurnool district on Sunday, his family members said.

Earlier, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu had tweeted that Bhuma had suffered from heart attack and was in a critical condition.  Bhuma was admitted in a hospital in Nandyal.

The MLA, 53, is suffered cardiac arrest while reading newspapers at his house in Allagadda in Kurnool district in the morning. He is survived by two daughters and a son. 

Bhuma quit the YSR Congress Party last year and returned to the TDP along with his daughter Akhila Priya, who is also a member of the assembly from Allagadda.

He had got nationwide attention in 1996 when he had contested from Nandyal Lok Sabha constituency as TDP candidate against then Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao. Bhuma lost the poll with a margin of over 98,000 votes.

He, however, won the by-election after Narasimha Rao vacated the seat to retain Berhampur in Odisha. Bhuma retained the Lok Sabha seat in 1998 and 1999 elections.

In 2009, Bhuma and his wife Shobha Nagi Reddy quit the TDP to join Praja Rajyam Party (PRP) floated by popular actor Chiranjeevi. He contested from the Nandyal Lok Sabha constituency but finished third.