She became the first lady mayor of Hyderabad -- and the second woman to don the honour in India after Tara Cherian, who became the lady mayor of Madras in 1966. She was elected to the Andhra Pradesh assembly from Malakpet of Hyderabad city in 1967. She represented the constituency twice but lost in 1978.
She became the first chairperson of Hyderabad Urban Development Authority in 1975. She was first inducted into the cabinet in 1979 by Dr. Chenna Reddy. She was also a minister in the cabinets of T Anjaiah, Bhavanam Venkatram and Vijayabhaskar Reddy.
Andhra Pradesh Governor ESL Narasimhan, chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, and senior Congress and opposition leaders condoled her death.
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