Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy
Yeduguri Sandinti Jaganmohan Reddy (born 21 December 1972), is an Indian politician serving as the 17th and current Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. Reddy is the founder and leader of YSR Congress Party, and was Leader of opposition in the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly from 16 May 2014 until 23 May 2019. He is the son of the former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy. He started his political career by campaigning for Indian National Congress in 2004 elections in Kadapa District, and in the 2009 elections he was elected as Member of Parliament from Kadapa constituency as a member of the Indian National Congress.
Reddy is an adherent of Christianity much like his father (Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy) and his grandfather (Y. S. Raja Reddy) and is a communicant member of the Church of South India (Diocese of Rayalaseema) and attends the CSI-Town Church, Pulivendula. He has a younger sister, Y. S. Sharmila, who is also a politician.
Jaganmohan Reddy's father YS Rajasekhara Reddy popularly known as YSR, was a two-time Chief Minister of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, serving from 2004 to 2009.
Post YSR's deathEdit
Following the death of his father in Sep 2009, Jaganmohan started his earnest efforts to take up the political legacy left by his father.
Following YSR's death, the majority of the legislators favored Jaganmohan to be appointed as the Chief Minister. Sonia Gandhi, party chief of the Indian National Congress and her son Rahul Gandhi, party general secretary did not agree to this.
Six months after his father's death, he began an odarpu yatra (condolence tour) as promised earlier to go and meet the families of those alleged to have either committed suicide or suffered ill health on the news of his father's death. The Congress party's central leadership directed him to call off his odarpu yatra, an order which he defied leading to a fallout between the high command and himself. He went ahead with the yatra, stating that it was a personal matter.
Founding YSR CongressEdit
On 29 November 2010, he resigned, after a fallout with the Congress party high command. He announced on 7 December 2010 from Pulivendula that he would be starting a new party within 45 days. In March 2011, he announced his party name at Jaggampeta of East Godavari district. Later, his party went to by polls in YSR Kadapa district and won almost all the seats with a huge majority.
2011 by-election successEdit
2012 disproportionate assets caseEdit
Arrest and 16 months in jailEdit
Other Congress ministers arrested for issuing ordersEdit
In March 2012, the Supreme Court directed the CBI to extend their investigations to six ministers (Kanna Lakshminarayana, Mopidevi Venkata Ramana, Sabita Indra Reddy, Ponnala Lakshmaiah, J Geetha Reddy and Dharmana Prasada Rao), and eight senior bureaucrats, who were implicated in issuing 26 Government orders that helped the companies investing in Jagan's firms. Andhra Excise minister Mopidevi Venkataramana was arrested on 24 May 2012.
CBI also summoned BCCI chief N Srinivasan on 7 June 2012.
As a sequel to allegations that CBI had selectively released information to the press to tarnish the image of Jaganmohan Reddy, the Central Vigilance Commissioner sought a report on the matter from the investigating agency.
Charges of political vendettaEdit
The YSR Congress and Jagan's family have been alleging a political conspiracy behind Jagan's investigations. BJP has noted that CBI has been pursuing this case with greater vigour than that of government-aligned politicians with similar charges such as Sushil Kumar Shinde or Vilasrao Deshmukh.
Opposition to the formation of TelanganaEdit
While in jail, Reddy started a hunger strike opposing the United Progressive Alliance's decision to endorse the creation of a separate Telangana state. After 125 hours of indefinite hunger strike, his sugar levels and blood pressure were down. He was moved to Osmania General Hospital for treatment. His mother, MLA Vijayamma, was also on hunger strike protesting the formation of Telangana out of AP. After his release, Reddy called for a 72-hour bandh protesting the formation of Telangana. Both Jagan and his mother resigned from their legislatures opposing the Telangana decision
2014 Election DefeatEdit
In 2014, the YSR Congress Party (YSRCP), was a pre-poll favourite among most analysts and psephologists. But, the YSRCP lost the 2014 elections, winning only 67 of 175 seats in the state assembly, with 45% of vote share. In the 2014 election, the Telugu Desam Party vote share went up to 47% and the 2% gap led to the defeat of YSRCP.
PrajaSankalpaYatra - Padayatra of more than 3,000 kmEdit
The YSRC chief launched his ‘Praja Sankalpa Padayatra’ at RK Valley in his native Kadapa district after paying homage at the grave of his father.YSR Congress party coined a slogan "Raavali Jagan, Kaavali Jagan" (Jagan should come. We want Jagan) for the foot march that took to him across 125 Assembly segments in 13 districts of the state in 430 days. This Yatra was started on 6 November 2017 and ended on 9 January 2019.
Jagan Mohan Reddy while boarding a Flight to Hyderabad to attend CBI Court was attacked with a Knife Blade in the VIP Lounge of Visakhapatnam Airport on 25 Oct 2018. He received an injury on shoulder and had to undergo a surgery.
2019 Election WinEdit
In the 2019 National and State election held in April–May 2019, YSR Congress Party swept the polls and won 151 of the total 175 assembly seats and 22 of the 25 Lok Sabha seats in Andhra Pradesh. He took oath as Chief Minister on 30 May 2019.
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