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Dr.Yeduguri Sandinti Rajasekhara Reddy

Dr.Yeduguri Sandinti Rajasekhara Reddy

Dr. Yeduguri Sandinti Rajasekhara Reddy, popularly known as YSR, is an astute politician and a charismatic mass leader who has carved for himself a niche in State politics by his exemplary devotion and dedication to the uplift of the downtrodden and neglected segments of society. Born on July 8, 1949, in Pulivendula in the backward Rayalaseema region, YSR has always struggled to secure the rights of the poor and the underprivileged.

Son of late Sri Y.S.Raja Reddy, a dynamic leader in his heyday, Rajasekhara Reddy evinced interest in politics right from his student days. While studying in M R Medical College, Gulbarga, Karnataka, he served as President of the Students union. He was elected leader of the House Surgeon’s Association in S V Medical College, Tirupati.

After completing MBBS, he 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 late Y.S.Raja Reddy at Pulivendula. His family established one polytechnic and one degree college in Pulivendula, which were later handed over to the well-known Loyola group of institutions.

Rajasekhara Reddy’s sound business acumen, entrepreneurial skills, and, above all, his transparency brought him laurels in the business arena. On the flip side, his success also brought him many adversaries, political and otherwise, who were desperately looking for a shred of evidence to prove umpteen charges against him. In the end, their mud-slinging did not yield a single point that could paint the mass leader in bad light. In fact, his detractors became red-faced, as they had to swallow their words.

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A record of sorts by YSR On the move

He visited each district 33 times since he assumed office in May 2004 till notification of polls on March 2

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Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy

HYDERABAD:

Even as the election campaign by key leaders is yet to gather steam, political parties may find it tough to match the pace of Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy.

Leaders of the other political parties including the main Opposition Telugu Desam and Praja Rajyam are still to get into full-fledged election mode owing to issues like candidate selection that remain unresolved so far. Given the acute shortage of time before the polling day, they may not be able to match Dr. Reddy in the number of tours he has undertaken even before they hit the road.

In the strict sense, Dr. Reddy’s were not party tours, but he managed to reach out to voters in the districts to launch and publicise various schemes of his government. On an average, the Chief Minister visited each district 33 times from the time he assumed office in May 2004 till announcement of the poll schedule on March 2.

What a feat!

According to figures compiled by his office, Dr. Reddy toured the districts 726 times! In effect, he spent a full two years of his five-year-long tenure in one district or the other, maybe not for the full day.

His native district, Kadapa, accounts, perhaps understandably, for the maximum number of 52 visits. Ranga Reddy and Mahbubnagar districts, which provided platforms for launch of a host of welfare schemes, came next with 42 visits each.

Visits to faraway Vizianagaram district were lowest at 22 while Dr. Reddy visited 15 districts spread over the three regions at least 30 times each.

Naidu not behind

Telugu Desam president N. Chandrababu Naidu is the only other Chief Minister to have toured the districts so extensively, especially in the latter half of his almost nineyear stint, thanks to his penchant for conducting surprise visits to check implementation of different programmes.

 

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Congress yet to make headway in seat selection in Andhra Pradesh

YSR, PCC chief throw the ball into Central Election Committee’s court

Intense competition for seats, caste equations involved

Consensus elusive, particularly over Telangana seats

 HYDERABAD:

Unable to reach a consensus on candidates in several Parliamentary constituencies, particularly those in Telangana, Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy and AP Congress Committee president D. Srinivas have thrown the ball into the court of party’s Central Election Committee (CEC).

The preliminary short-listing of candidates for the Lok Sabha seats that was held in the presence of the Central Screening Committee chairman Pranab Mukherjee in two phases, appears to have ended inconclusively.

Intense competition for some seats, complex caste equations and reluctance of sitting members to shift to new constituencies left the committee with no other option than referring the whole exercise to the CEC, which meets on Monday.

“Though the party received a bunch of applications for constituencies like Adilabad, Mahabubabad, Warangal, Malkajgiri, Bhongir, Chevella, Nalgonda, Medak and Zaheerabad, the big question is identifying the right candidate, who can give a tough time to the opposition parties,” a senior Congress leader remarked.

Leaders maintained that candidate selection in constituencies reserved for SCs & STs such as Adilabad, Mahabubabad and Warangal was turning out to be a Herculean task. At the same time, it was also finding it tough to choose nominees for seats such as Nizamabad, Malkajgiri, Bhongir, Zaheerabad and Nalgonda. Informed sources told The Hindu that the euphoria over packing off former Chief Minister N. Janardhan Reddy to Rajya Sabha was shortlived.

Leaders thought the decision would ease the complex seat selection process in Nellore, Prakasam, Guntur and Chittoor districts. But it seems to have created more problems with two Union Ministers Daggubati Purandeswari and Panabaka Lakshmi demanding Ongole and Tirupati (SC) seats respectively.  

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YSR extends Holi greetings

HYDERABAD:

Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy has greeted people of the State on the occasion of Holi. In a message on Tuesday, he described it as a “festival of goodwill and kinship. It brings about unity, joy and happiness among people.”