HYDERABAD: Former Minister and YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) senior leader S A Khaleel Basha died of cardiac arrest at a hospital in Hyderabad on Tuesday, August 11.
According to reports, Dr Basha was suffering from health issues and also tested positive for COVID-19 on July 30 resulting in his admission to a hospital. Later he recovered from the virus and was discharged from the hospital. Basha suffered a heart stroke three days ago and was rushed to the hospital where the end came in the form of a cardiac arrest yesterday.
As a doctor, Khalil Basha had gained wide popularity since 1974 by providing medical services to the poor and needy for just two rupees. Basha entered politics inspired by former Chief Minister late N.T. Rama Rao. He was elected as a legislator from Kadapa constituency in 1994 and 1999. He also served as a minister in the NTR and Chandrababu cabinets. Later, he joined the Praja Rajyam Party founded by actor Chiranjeevi.
Subsequently, he joined the YSRCP with his three sons before the 2019 assembly elections and worked hard for the success of the party. Despite his age, he did not give up his medical practice and even served those affected by COVID-19. His family members said that Basha's funeral will be held at his home in Kadapa in accordance with the COVID-19 guidelines.
Deputy CM Amjad Basha, Kadapa MP YS Avinash Reddy, Kamalapuram MLA PS Ravindranath Reddy, YSRCP state general secretary C Ramachandraiah, Kadapa parliamentary district president K. Suresh Babu expressed condolence over the death of Basha. They expressed profound sympathy to their family members.They said that Basha's death was a huge loss to the YSRCP. TDP district president R. Sreenivasa Reddy expressed his condolences to the bereaved family.