Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy was born at Jammalamadugu Mission Hospital near Pulivendula, Andhra Pradesh to Y. S. Raja Reddy and Jayamma in a Christian family. His father Raja Reddy was converted from Hinduism to Christianity. His schooling was in Bellary, where his father was a contractor for irrigation canal projects. He graduated with a degree in medical science from Mahadevappa Rampure Medical College (MRMC), Gulbarga University, Karnataka and completed his House Surgeonship at S.V. Medical College, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh. He was the elected leader of the House Surgeon's Association at S.V. Medical College, Tirupati.
Dr. Yeduguri Sandinti Rajasekhara Reddy, the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, is acclaimed, both by the National and the International figures that ever visited the State, as the best blend of an able administrator and the most loved leader of the masses. A go-getter to the core, Dr. YSR is known for his unflinching grit, steadfast determination and never wavering boldness in translating his vision into reality.
A PERFECT BALANCE
Having a clear vision is something and striving to make it a veracity is yet anotherthing. Dr. YSR has both the things in him. His policies of accentuated significance of agriculture on one side and making a provision for appropriate importance for the industrial sector on the other, stand as a proof of these two things in him. While allocating Lion’s share of the State’s funds for the Irrigation sector. Dr. YSR also endeavored his best to rope in the key industrial activity by offering a number of bounties to investors.
By doing so Dr. YSR could successfully relieve the State reeling under the economic drought situation caused by the earlier regime in the name of a disinvestment process. This posture alone speaks volumes of his way of getting things done. For the last two years, as CM of Andhra Pradesh,Dr. YSR has been successfully pushing forth the priorities of multi pronged economic strategy with a thrust on rural sector. Free power to the mute millions of the State - comprising almost 80 per cent of the State’s population - that have been surviving on agriculture, testifes his commitment to his own promises. The greatest achievement of Dr. YSR, that any biographer to come could never miss to highlight, is providing a human angle to the heartless mechanism of the state. The confidence his government could induce into the marrows of the farming community makes every Telugu man proud. Today, if the Congress rule in A.P. is known as ‘The Farmers’ regime’ all over the world, it is but for this very reason. Another feather on Dr.YSR’s cap is winning the hearts of the hardcore advocates against the Free Power Supply to the favour of farmers of our State by presenting before them an invincible brief. The Prime Minister of India Dr.Manmohan Singh recently showered the choicest encomiums on Dr. YSR, the Chief Minister, for his “balanced approach toward the development of industry and agriculture in the State”. It stands doubly relevant here as Dr. Singh happens to be an internationally renowned Economist too. It is everyone’s knowledge that such a stance is rather mandatory and imperative for the accelerated growth of a dynamic and kicking economy like ours. Planners in India and abroad were at tandem in acknowledging Dr.YSR’s “exceptional discretion as a policy maker” in contributing his best for the healthy growth of the key and vital sectors of our economy; namely the Agriculture and the Industry.
In 1978 he contested from pulivendula on Reddy-Congress Party and won the elections, Later he joined in Indira Congress.From 1980 to 1983 he was a minister holding important portfolios related to Rural Development, Medical Health and Education under T.Anjaiah Cabinet. He was elected to the Lok Sabha from Kadapa constituency four times and was elected to the Andhra Pradesh State Assembly six times from Pulivendula constituency. Reddy was the leader of the opposition in the Andhra Pradesh State Assembly for five years. As an MLA he was influential in obtaining water from the Tungabhadra River for the Pulivendula Branch Canal (PBC) and fought for projects like RTPP (Rayalaseema Thermal Power Plant) at Muddanur and Proddatur Milk Foods and its ancillaries
A RAITHU BIDDA
Agriculture forms the core of Dr.YSR’s world of thinking. Although a Physician by profession,Dr.YSR is basically a son of the soil; a RAITHU BIDDA in its true sense. Hailing from a drought hit region - the Rayala Seema - he knows the real value of every drop of water. This is the very reason for his taking up the cause of farmers as a young legislator. He has always been in the forefront of leading several struggles for irrigation projects. After essaying the role of a policy maker Dr.YSR has been translating his dream of providing water for the thirsty fields into a reality.In pursuing his wish of transforming our state into a greener one - the dream of a HARITHANDHRAPRADESH - Dr.YSR allocated in the first Two years of his rule a sum of Rs.16000 Crore for building irrigation projects. Providing Houses for the homeless is yet another area which occupies a crucial importance in Dr.YSR’s priorities. He allocated morethan 500 crores of Rupees for this sector alone.
Basing on his personal interaction with the old and the aged people of the rural areas during the Prajaprasthanam Padayatra,Dr.YSR enhanced Old age pensions for the needy. This is a rare stance found in the age of political consumerism where the leaders bury their past experience as soon as they get elected to plum positions. Distributing Government lands admeasuring morethan 300000 acres to landless poor is another welfare measure that stands as a sound proof of the humane face of Dr.YSR’s Ministry. A conscientious congressman, Dr.YSR has won the accolades from his friends and foes alike as a warm blooded and cool-headed man of masses. Honesty is not a virtue that was cultivated by him for years; it is rather his second nature. The way in which Dr. YSR stood loyal to his election manifesto stands as a testimony for this statement. Of late Dr. YSR, the fresh ‘Role Model’ in demand, evolved himself into national proportions if not international.
An Eventful Career
Dr. YSR is into active politics since a quarter of a century and has been representing his party on
As the president of PCC for twice, Dr. YSR rendered yeomen services to the party in regaining the faith and trust of the masses. This in turn made him the most acceptable leader of the people from every corner of the State.
As the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Dr. Y.S.Rajasekhara Reddy stands as an example for
the down-to-earth administrative capacities while efficiently serving the interests of the people at large.
“Tell me what you did yester day, I’ll tell what you would be doing tomorrow”, said a wiseman of
the West. If one goes thro’ the eventful track record of Dr.YSR, it won’t be of any difficulty for him to assess the brighter future waiting on the wings of time. Dr.YSR, the Chief Minister, continues to provide the very same “Pint of confidence”, that he relayed during his PRAJAPRASTHANAM PADA YATRA to the losing hearts of the farming community. This promise is taking definit shape in the 30 irrigation projects under construction in different parts of the State. All the irrigation sources in the State hitherto were able to provide water for an extent of Seven Million acres only, while the 26+4 irrigation projects initiated by Dr.YSR’s Ministry will be providing water for another Seven Millions of acres. This single fact stands as an evidence to the bright future to be unfurled by Dr.YSR, the CHIEF MINISTER with a difference.
During mid-summer of 2003, he led a 1400 km long paadayaatra (journey on foot), covering some of the backward areas in the state to understand the ground realities and living conditions of the people there and gave life to the Congress Party in Andhra Pradesh. As a novice in the legislature, Reddy rallied all the Congress MLAs from the Rayalaseema region and led an indefinite hunger strike demanding solution to the water crisis. He also led a paadayaatra from Lepakshi to Pothireddipadu in Kurnool district.
Dr. Y.S.Rajasekhara Reddy
Dr. Yeduguri Sandinti Rajasekhara Reddy, the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, is acclaimed - both by the National and the International figures that ever visited the State- as the best blend of an able administrator and the most loved leader of the masses. A family man to the core, Dr.YSR, rates the spirit of togetherness as the greatest cementing agent of Indian familial and social life.
Dr. Y.S.Rajasekhara Reddy hails from Pulivendula, a small town in Kadapa 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 Kadapa district. His father Late Shree Y.S.Raja Reddy was known for his daredevilish temperament and mercurial
dynamism as a leader of the forlorn masses. Dr.YSR inherited these qualities from his father to emerge as a darling of the deprived in our State. Shree Y.S.Vivekananda Reddy, younger brother of Dr.YSR, also his “Man Friday”, got elected as a Samithi President, twice as MLA, twice as Member of Parliament from Kadapa Loksabha constituency who forms the main source of strength for Dr. YSR in and around the District.
Second son of Sri Raja Reddy, YSR - 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. Graduated in medical science from M.R. College of Gulbarga, Dr. YSR practised medicine for sometime in the District. The hospital his father built for him at Pulivendula is still running. The YS family has also built and ran a degree college and a Polytechnic College at Pulivendula, for a few years which was later
handed over to the Loyola Group of Educational Instituitions.Another junior college at Simhadripuram, a small town in the vicinity of Pulivendula, is being run by YS family.
Reddy's major campaign slogan for the 2009 election was "Development and the credibility". He was seeking a mandate on his performance in his previous tenure. He did not promise any new schemes before the election and only promised continuation and minor extensions to the on going schemes. The opposition parties had formed a 'Grand alliance' comprising of the major opposition party – the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and the communist parties. The TDP had promised numerous freebies including free color televisions. There was also a new party floated by a popular film star called Chiranjeevi.
In the elections, Reddy's party (INC) surpassed the required majority in the assembly (148 seats) by winning 156 seats. It has also bagged 33 seats in parliament out of 42 seats. This was seen as a very big victory for Reddy since he was able to come to power for the second consecutive term against the odds of anti-incumbency and an almost unified opposition. He became the Congress party’s first chief minister since 1969, that is, in four decades, to be able to seek votes in his own name, and win.
Reddy was sworn in as the chief minister for the term of 2009–2014 on 20 May 2009. The ceremony was held in Hyderabad's Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium and attended by a crowd of around 20,000 people.
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 weightifter 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. He has a particular liking for light-reading material. He complains to his friends against his being deprived of the pleasure of reading. But, everything has its place in the disciplinarian’s world.
YSR is married to Smt. Vijayalakshmi in 1971 and is blessed with a son and a daughter. A proud-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 Sharmila, and their children enjoy a very special place in YSR’s world.