Former TDP MP Naramalli Sivaprasad known for his peculiar way of dressing to lodge protest against various issues in the Parliament breathed his last on Saturday at Apollo hospitals in Chennai after a renal failure.
The 68 year old Sivaprasad is survived by his wife and two daughters. The senior leader is believed to have been suffering from kidney related ailments for quite some time now.
On Thursday his condition became critical after which he was shifted to Apollo hospitals Chennai where he died.
Sivaprasad was elected to the Lok Sabha from Chittoor parliamentary constituency twice. He also served as a Minister for Information and Public Relations in the erstwhile Andhra Pradesh in Chandrababu Naidu’s Cabinet.
Sivaprasad was popularly known for his fancy dressing and portraying different characters during protests outside the Parliament that grabbed eyeballs and brought attention to the issue of the protest.
He was seen in various avatars from the attire of Lord Krishna to Lord Shiva, from the avatar of an old woman to the attire of freedom fighter Alluri Sitaramaraju, he portrayed all the characters in his unique style of protest.
Sivaprasad was a doctor who was passionate about acting. Beginning his career as a stage artist, Sivaprasad went on to act in several movies including with top heroes like Chiranjeevi. Sivaprasad received Nandi award from the Andhra Pradesh government in the best villain category.
Telugu Desam Party (TDP) Chief Chandrababu Naidu paid a visit to the hospital on Friday. Political bigwigs expressed grief over his demise and offered condolences to his family.
Former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Chandrababu Naidu said “I lost a dear friend of mine. He fought relentlessly for the rights of people of Andhra Pradesh. It is a great loss not just to the party but to the entire state.”