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Kotla Vijaya Bhaskara Reddy (16 August 1920 – 27 September 2001) was the chief minister of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh on two occasions, in 1983 and then from 1992 to 1994. Reddy was a member of the Indian National Congress. He was elected to the Lok Sabha six times in 1977, 1984, 1989, 1991, 1996 and 1998. He was a Union cabinet Minister as well as member of several parliamentary committees. He lost the 1999 elections and subsequently retired from active politics.[2]

Kotla Vijaya Bhaskara Reddy
9th Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh
In office
20 September 1982 – 9 January 1983
Preceded byB. Venkataram Reddy
Succeeded byNandamuri Taraka Rama Rao
In office
9 October 1992 – 12 December 1994
Preceded byN. Janardhan Reddy
Succeeded byN. T. Rama Rao
MP (Lok Sabha)
In office
1977–1979, 1984–1989, 1989–1991, 1991–1992, 1996–1998
Personal details
Born(1920-08-16)16 August 1920[1]
Amakathadu, Laddagiri Village, Kurnool District, Andhra Pradesh
DiedSeptember 27, 2001(2001-09-27) (aged 81)
Political partyIndian National Congress
Spouse(s)K. Shyamla Reddy
ChildrenTwo sons and three daughters
Alma materBesant Theosophical College, Madanapalle and Madras Law College, Madras(Tamil Nadu)
ProfessionAgriculturist, Lawyer, Sportsman, Political and Social worker
CabinetCabinet Minister, Government of India (1983–1984 and 1991–1992)
CommitteesChairman, Public Accounts Committee (1961–1962), Member, Committee on Estimates (1977–1982), Member, Committee on Subordinate Legislation (1990–1991), Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Water Resources (1990–1991)
PortfolioShipping and Transport and for Industry and Company Affairs (1983–1984), Law, Justice and Company Affairs (1991–1992)

Biography and politicsEdit

Born in the remote village of Laddagiri in Kurnool district to the family of a landlord, he began his involvement in politics at gram panchayath nandyalalevel and rose to be involved at national level. He graduated in law but rarely practised due to his political workload. He represented several assembly constituencies in the district but his major breakthrough came in when he was elected as chairman of Zilla Parishad. He held several posts both in the Indian National Congress party and in central and state governments. He is credited as the man of value based politics. After his death "kisanghat" was erected in his memory by the state government[3]

Personal lifeEdit

His son, Kotla Jayasurya Prakasha Reddy, is a Member of Parliament[when?] representing Kurnool Parliamentary constituency for the second term.

Positions HeldEdit

1955-61 Member, Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly

Secretary, Congress Legislature Party, Andhra Pradesh

1955-61 Member, Public Accounts Committee

1959-67 Chairman,Zila Parishad, Kurnool

1961-62 Chairman, Public Accounts Committee

1962-64 General-Secretary, Pradesh Congress Committee (Indira) [P.C.C.(I)], Andhra Pradesh

1967-72 Member, Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council

1967-71 Minister, Co-operation, Major Irrigation and Finance, Andhra Pradesh

1977 Elected to 6th Lok Sabha

1977-82 Member, Committee on Estimates

1980-81 President, P.C.C.(I), Andhra Pradesh

1980 Re-elected to 7th Lok Sabha (2nd term)

1982-83 Chief Minister, Andhra Pradesh

1983-84 Union Cabinet Minister, Shipping and Transport and Union Cabinet Minister, Industry and Company Affairs

1989 Re-elected to 9th Lok Sabha (3rd term)

1990-91 Member, Committee on Subordinate Legislation

Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Water Resources

Member, Political Affairs Committee, Congress Parliamentary Party (C.P.P.)

1991 Re-elected to 10th Lok Sabha (4th term)

1991-92 Union Cabinet Minister, Law, Justice and Company Affairs

1992-94 Member, Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly

1992-94 Chief Minister, Andhra Pradesh (2nd term)

1996 Re-elected to 11th Lok Sabha (5th term)

1996-97 Member, Committee on Transport and Tourism

1998 Re-elected to 12th Lok Sabha (6th term)

1998-99 Member, Committee on Transport and Tourism

Member, Rules Committee

Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Civil Aviation [4]


  1. ^ "Biographical Sketch of Member of XII Lok Sabha". Retrieved 15 October 2011.
  2. ^ "Vijaya Bhaskar Statistics: Indian Elections 2009". Retrieved 15 October 2011.
  3. ^ Peddayana, an article in Eenadu daily on 28 September 2009
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