Y. S. Vivekananda Reddy
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|Y. S. Vivekananda Reddy|
|Preceded by||Y. S. Raja Shekhar Reddy|
|Succeeded by||Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy|
8 August 1950 |
Pulivendula, Andhra Pradesh
|Political party||YSR Congress Party|
|As of September 16, 2006
Y. S. Vivekananda Reddy (born 1 April 1950) was a member of the 14th Lok Sabha of India. He represented the Kadapa constituency of Andhra Pradesh. He is a member of the Indian National Congress. He is a graduate in Agriculture from Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati.
Vivekananda Reddy was twice elected as a Member of the Legislative Assembly for the Pulivendula constituency, in 1989 and 1994. Then, in the elections of 1999, he was elected to the Lok Sabha from the Kadapa constituency with a majority of over 90,000, which was the highest majority gained in the state. In 2004 elections he increased that majority to over 110,000.
Recently[when?] his son-in-law, Rajasekhar Reddy, claimed that Y.S. Vivekananda Reddy is more popular than his brother, Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy (YSR), had been. The basis for this claim was that the majorities obtained by his brother were lower. However, in the 2009 General Elections, Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, the son of the former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, YSR, contested the Kadapa constituency and won with a new record margin.
In September 2009, Vivekananda Reddy was elected as a member of the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council. On 30 November 2010 he became Agriculture Minister in the Andhra Pradesh cabinet headed by N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, against the wishes of his nephew.
Later, in the 2011, Vivekananda Reddy contested the Pulivendula by-elections caused due to Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy and his mother, Y. S. Vijayamma, leaving the INC to form YSR Congress. He stood as the INC candidate against his sister-in-law and just managed to secure his deposit after finishing in second place but some 80,000 votes behind Y. S. Vijayamma.