Patlolla Sabitha Indra Reddy (born 5 May 1963) is an Indian politician who was the Minister for Education of Telangana state since 2019-23.[2] Reddy started her political career with the Indian National Congress and in 2009 became the first ever acting woman Home Minister of India, serving until 2014.[3] Earlier, she served as the Minister of Mines and Geology of Andhra Pradesh from 2004 to 2009.

Sabitha Indra Reddy
Minister of Education
Government of Telangana
In office
8 September 2019 – 6 December 2023
GovernorTamilisai Soundararajan
Chief MinisterK. Chandrashekar Rao
Preceded byKadiyam Srihari
Succeeded byChief Minister of Telangana
Member of Legislative Assembly, Telangana
Assumed office
11 December 2018
Preceded byTeegala Krishna Reddy
Constituency Maheshwaram
Minister of Home Affairs, Jails, Fire Services, Sainik Welfare, Disaster Management & Printing
Government of Andhra Pradesh
In office
25 May 2009 – 20 May 2013
GovernorN. D. Tiwari
E. S. L. Narasimhan
Chief MinisterY. S. Rajasekhara Reddy
Konijeti Rosaiah
Kiran Kumar Reddy
Preceded byKunduru Jana Reddy
Succeeded byNallari Kiran Kumar Reddy
Minister of Handlooms, Textiles
and Spinning Mills, Mines and Geology

Government of Andhra Pradesh
In office
14 May 2004 – 20 May 2009
GovernorSurjit Singh Barnala
Sushilkumar Shinde
Rameshwar Thakur
N. D. Tiwari
Chief MinisterY. S. Rajasekhara Reddy
Preceded byUma Madhava Reddy
Succeeded byBalineni Srinivasa Reddy
Member of Legislative Assembly
Andhra Pradesh
In office
2009–2014
Preceded byTeegala Krishna Reddy
Succeeded byTelangana Assembly Created
ConstituencyMaheshwaram
In office
2000–2009
Preceded byP. Indra Reddy
Succeeded byKorani Sayanna Ratnam
Constituency Chevella
Personal details
Born (1963-05-05) 5 May 1963 (age 60)
Medak, Andhra Pradesh(now Telangana, India)
Political partyBharat Rashtra Samithi
(2019 - Present)
Other political
affiliations
Indian National Congress
(2000 - 2019)
SpouseP. Indra Reddy
Children3[1]
EducationB. Sc.

Sabitha Indra Reddy is a five time undefeated elected Member of Legislative Assembly. Twice from Chevella assembly constituency in 2000 and 2004 and Thrice from Maheshwaram constituency in 2009, 2018 and 2023. After winning her elections in 2018Telangana Legislative Assembly she joined Bharat Rashtra Samithi in 2019.

Early life edit

Sabitha Indra Reddy was born on 5 May 1963 in Medak to Mahipal Reddy and Venkatamma. She was married to P. Indra Reddy (died 2000), and the couple has 3 sons.[4]

Political career edit

Sabitha held the position of Mines and Geology Minister in the earlier government.[3] She was the first female Home Minister of a state in the nation.[5] She is an undefeated five time MLA. She was elected twice from Chevella and thrice from Maheshwaram after delimitation.

In 2011, Central Bureau of Investigation arrested V. D. Rajagopal and Y. Srilakshmi, as third and fourth accused respectively in the investigation into illegal mining by Obulapuram Mining Company.[6][7][8][9] The permission for mining in Anantapur was for captive mining, i.e. the ore mined in that region is to be used in the local steel plant and not to be exported. Srilakshmi is accused of dropping the term "captive mining" in the final order approving a mining license to Obulapuram.

The CBI defended the Home minister saying there was no justification for the official to blame the Minister.[10] As of April 2013, Sabitha Indra Reddy submitted her resignation letter from the Cabinet after the CBI named her as an accused in the Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy illegal investments case.[11]

2000 by-elections edit

She was pushed into politics through this election as her husband had passed away. In this election, she contested on a Congress ticket from Chevella MLA constituency against KLR who is an industrialist and politician. In this election, through her husband's name, the sympathy of his death and her commitment to work for the people she won the election with a whopping 29,909 votes majority.[12]

2004 general elections edit

This election, she showed her hard-working nature to her constituents. In this election, she beat the TDP candidate by bettering her previous margin from Chevella. This time she won with a majority of 41,585 votes. Consequently, YSR inculcated her into the Cabinet as Minister of Mines and Geology.[13]

2009 general elections edit

This election happened just after the constituency delimitation. As a result of this, her bastion Chevella constituency was changed to be an SC-reserved constituency. This resulted in her changing her constituency to the newly formed Maheshwaram (Assembly constituency). Though she moved few days prior to the election to the new constituency, she beat the local stalwart Teegala Krishna Reddy by a margin of 8000 votes. Thus, she became the first female Home Minister of Andhra Pradesh and a first female home minister to any state in India.[14]

2014 general elections edit

Due to Congress party's decision of one family one ticket rule that year, she had made way for her son Karthik Reddy to contest Chevella Lok Sabha. She did not participate in those elections.

2018 general elections edit

Despite a strong TRS wave in those elections she mananged to win her elections on a Congress ticket. In later political development she moved to the ruling party in few months and became a cabinet minister in KCR cabinet.

2023 General elections

Ms Reddy won her 5th election on a BRS ticket in these elections from Maheshwaram. Despite a strong anti govt wave she managed to win her elections.

References edit

  1. ^ Deccan Chronicle (10 July 2016). "Beyond all boundaries". Archived from the original on 17 April 2022. Retrieved 17 April 2022.
  2. ^ Rahul, N. (14 March 2019). "Sabita Reddy all set to join Telangana Rashtra Samithi". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Archived from the original on 7 November 2020. Retrieved 9 February 2022.
  3. ^ a b "Sabita Reddy to be first woman home minister of Andhra". The Times of India. 26 May 2009. Retrieved 12 July 2021.
  4. ^ "Member's Profile: SMT. PATLOLLA SABITHA INDRA REDDY". Telangana Legislature. Retrieved 9 February 2022.
  5. ^ "Sabitha, first A.P. woman Home Minister". The Hindu. 27 May 2009. Archived from the original on 10 November 2012.
  6. ^ "Sri Lakshmi arrested in illegal mining case". The Hindu. 29 November 2011. Archived from the original on 29 September 2013. Retrieved 12 July 2021.
  7. ^ "Rajagopal has role in 'benami' mining: CBI". The Hindu. 14 December 2011. Archived from the original on 29 September 2013. Retrieved 12 July 2021.
  8. ^ "Srilakshmi sent to Chanchalguda jail". The Hindu. 2 December 2011. Retrieved 12 July 2021.
  9. ^ "Rajagopal, Sri Lakshmi accused of fraud". The Hindu. 24 November 2011. Archived from the original on 29 September 2013. Retrieved 12 July 2021.
  10. ^ Rahul, N. (2 December 2011). "CBI defends Sabita". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 29 September 2013. Retrieved 12 July 2021.
  11. ^ Ragunathan, Daya; Srinivas, N. Vamsi (9 April 2013). "CBI names Sabita in Jagan-Dalmia case". Deccan Chronicle. Archived from the original on 4 December 2013. Retrieved 12 July 2021.
  12. ^ Jafri, Syed Amin (29 May 2000). "Cong, TDP pocket one seat each in by-polls". Rediff. Retrieved 12 July 2021.
  13. ^ "Chevella Assembly Constituency Election Result". Result University. 15 May 2004. Retrieved 12 July 2021.
  14. ^ "Maheshwaram Assembly Constituency Election Result". Result University. 14 November 2009. Retrieved 12 July 2021.