Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Rajshekhera Reddy
Andhra CM, four others dead
The Prime Minister Office has confirmed the death of
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Rajshekhera Reddy and four others
after their Bell 430 chopper crash-landed about 40 nautical miles
east of the Kurnool....
Yeduguri Sandinti Rajasekhara Reddy famously known as Y. S.
Rajasekhara Reddy or YSR was a popular political figure in the South
Born in Pulivendula, Andhra Pradesh to Y. S. Raja and
Jayamma Reddy on July 8, 1949.
YSR nurtured an interest in politics since his
student days. Reddy was elected as the president of his college
student's union while studying medical science in M.R Medical
College of Gulbarga University, in neighboring Karnataka.
also president of the House Surgeon's Association of S.V. Medical
YSR also served as Medical Officer at the
Jammalamadugu Mission Hospital for a brief period. In 1973, he
established a 70-bed charitable hospital, named after his father Y.S.
Raja Reddy at Pulivendula.
In 1975 Reddy was made the President of the Cuddapah
District Youth Congress Committee. In 1978 he made his debut to
Andhra Pradesh Assembly from his birthplace Pulivendula and retained
the seat for six terms. Reddy's hold on the constituency was intact
even during the Telagu Desam Party''s strong wave in 1983.
Reddy was one of those rare politicians of the
country who never tasted defeat in electoral politics.
Reddy developed the Cuddapah region by pumping in
funds and creating a solid infrastructure, making the constituency
its neighbors' envy.
In 1980 YSR became Minister of State for Rural
Development, in the Tengutri Anjaih Government. In 1982 he became
the Cabinet Minister for Excise in the B.Venkataram Reddy Government
and also held the charge of Education and Health department in
K.Vijay Bhaskar Reddy Government in 1983.
YSR had earned the title of ''Cuddapah Tiger'' for
his aggressive role in the state assembly.
In 1983, after the Congress party's tragic rout in
the Andhra Pradesh, then Congress chief Indira Gandhi appointed YSR
as the state party president at the age of just 34.
His dream of leading the state was shattered when he
could not stop the TDP's march to victory in the 1984 Lok Sabha and
1985 Assembly elections. Reddy quit his position of APCC president.
In 1989, he re-entered the political arena and was
elected to the Lok Sabha from Cuddapah. He represented the
constituency in four Lok Sabha.
In 1992, Reddy tried to succeed N. Janardhan Reddy as
Chief Minister, when the latter had to quit following strictures
against him by the Andhra Pradesh High Court for granting permission
en masse to 20 medical and dental colleges. But the then Congress
president and Prime Minister, P. V. Narasimha Rao, opted for his old
friend Kotla Vijayabhaskar Reddy against YSR for Chief Minister.
But luck came his way again when Congress president
Sonia Gandhi choose YSR to lead the party in Andhra Pradesh in
1999.Though Reddy could not succeed in stopping the TDP - BJP
alliance from winning the 1999 election, the year 2003 proved to be
his defining moment.
In 2003, YSR undertook a three month long paadayaatra,
of nearly 2000 kilometer across the state. That helped him to become
The Indian National Congress won a thumping victory
both in the general and assembly elections of 2004 ensuing that
Reddy became the 23rd Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh.
Reddy came back to power in 2009 with a slogan
"Development and the credibility." In the elections, Congress
secured the required majority in the assembly with 156 seats and
also won 33 Lok Sabha seats.
Reddy also was Leader of Opposition in the Andhra
Pradesh Assembly for five years between 1999 and 2004.
Reddy was married to Vijaya Lakshmi. They have a son,
Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, a politician, and a daughter, Sharmila.
Jagan Mohan is representing Cuddapah Constituency in the 15th Lok
Sabha. He also owns Jagruti Publications and a new channel Sakshi