Monday , September 29, 2008
A Memorable Day In Ap Congress History
Hyderabad,May'04: It was a day that no Congressman in Andhra Pradesh would not like to forget. After a gap of nine years, Congress is back in to power in the State. The entire twin cities of Hyderabad Secunderbad were flooded with people coming from every nook and corner of the State to witness their newfound hero Dr Y S Rajasekhara Reddy taking over as the Chief Minister. At exactly 1.59 pm on May 14th Andhra Pradesh Governor S S Barnala administered the oath of office to Dr YSR. Interestingly Governor Barnala read the oath in Telugu.In the presence of the crowd, he then singed on a file pertaining to free power to farmers and writing off their dues.
DR. YEDUGURI SANDINTI RAJASEKHARA REDDY, popularly known as Y.S, is the most promising among his generation of politicians. He is known for his forth - right speech and frank approachDr. Y.S.Rajasekhara Reddy hails from Pulivendula, a small town from Cuddapah district of the backward Rayala Seema region. He comes from a family, which stood for the cause of the downtrodden masses for generations daring the wrath of feudal lords of Cuddapah district. His father Late Y.S.RAJAREDDY was known for his dare-devilish temperament and mercurial dynamism as a leader of the forlorn masses. YSR inherited these qualities from his father to emerge as a darling of the deprived in AP.Second son of Sri Raja Reddy, YSR was born on Eighth of July 1949 - was a natural heir to his father’s legacy. His father had always been a source of inspiration for YSR since his childhood. It was none other than Sri Raja Reddy who led YSR into active politics. If YSR had any role model in his earlier days it was his father. His brutal murder in 1998 inflicted a deep injury and left a dark scar on YSR’s heart.
YSR is graduated in medical science from M.R.COLLEGE OF GULBARGA He did his House-Surgeoncy in SV Medical college, Tirupathy. After completing MBBS he served as Medical Officer at CSI Campbell Hospital, Jammalamadugu or a brief period. In 1973 he established a 70-bed charitable hospital at Pulivendula in the name of Sri Y. S. Raja Reddy. The hospital continues to serve the poor till today. His family established a Polytechnic and a degree college in Pulivendula, which were later handed over to the well-known Loyola institutions. Besides these, YSR's family established many more educational and training centers in and around Pulivendula. Raveendranatha Elementary and High School must be mentioned first. And YS family also established a Junior college for girls in memory of Sri Venkata Reddy, grand father of YSR.Y.S. Raja Reddy ITI in Pulivendula and Y.S. Raja Reddy junior college in Simhadri Puram were also established subsequentlyDr Y S Rajasekhara Reddy, a medical doctor by profession, entered politics as a Congress Youth Leader. Interestingly, he and his arch rival TDP President and Caretaker Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Nara Chandrababu Naidu made their debut in the Andhra Pradesh State Legislative Assembly as young legislators of the Congress party in the same year 1978. They both became ministers in Sri. T Anjaiah’s cabinet.He is Known as the Cuddapah Tiger of Andhra Pradesh.Dr.YSR is into active politics since a quarter of a century and has been representing his party on different fora. He was elected to Loksabha from Cuddapah constituency for four times and got elected to A.P. Assembly for four times from Pulivendula constituency.Dr. Rajasekhar Reddy was the APCC President twice. He remains one of those very few politicians around who never lost an election.YSR, a disciplinarian to the core, gets up in the early hours and prepares himself for the grueling long day stretching for 16-17 hours. A health and hygiene conscious person he is, YSR is very particular about physical culture, yoga and meditation. A weightlifter in his student days, his strong conviction is “ A sound soul in a sound body ”. YSR keeps on to his appointments on the dot while he never spared any one for complacence in this regard. Not many people know that YSR is keenly interested in reading fiction in English. His favourite author is Mario Puzo, the creator of epoch making novel “ God Father”. He has a particular liking for light-reading material. YSR got married to Smt.Vijayalakshmi in1971 and is blessed with a son and a daughter. A proud grand-dad he is, YSR enjoys the company of his grand children to the brim – needless to mention here that he rarely finds any time to spare for his family members. His busy schedule hardly allows him to steal a few moments for his family. YSR’s son emerged a successful entrepreneur to the utmost pleasure of his father. Son Jagan Mohana Reddy, daughter-in-law Bharathi, their children, daughter Sharmila, son-in-law Anil Kumar and their children enjoy a very special place in YSR’s world.