Kinjarapu Yerran Naidu
|Kinjarapu Yerran Naidu|
|Member of Parliament|
|Preceded by||Vishwannatham Kanithi|
|Succeeded by||Killi Krupa Rani|
23 February 1957|
Nimmada, Andhra Pradesh
|Died||2 November 2012
|Political party||Telugu Desam Party|
|Spouse(s)||Kinjarapu Vijaya Kumari|
Kinjarapu Yerran Naidu (23 February 1957 – 2 November 2012) was an Indian politician.
In 1983, he was elected to the state assembly from Harishchandrapuram in his native district at the age of 25 becoming one of the youngest MLA. Belonging to Velama, caste in the region, he was re-elected in 1985. Denied a TDP ticket in 1989, he fought as an independent and was re-elected to the assembly. He later returned to the party fold and was elected for the fourth consecutive term in 1994.
He backed Chandrababu Naidu when the latter led a revolt against N.T. Rama Rao and became chief minister in 1995. He was the government chief whip from 1995 to 1996.
Popularly known as Yeranna among TDP circles, he was fielded by the party in 1996 parliamentary elections. Elected to the Lok Sabha from the Srikakulam constituency, he emerged a key TDP leader in national politics. With TDP joining the United Front government, Naidu became a minister at the centre, holding the portfolio of rural development and employment.
He retained the Lok Sabha seat in the 1998 and 1999 elections. Two days before polling in the 2004 elections, he survived an assassination bid by Maoists in Srikakulam district. Re-elected to parliament, he was made the party leader in the Lok Sabha.
Naidu died in a road accident in his native district Srikakulam, Andhra Pradesh around 2:00 am of 2 November 2012 while returning from a marriage ceremony at Vishakapatnam. The mishap took place when a car in which he was travelling hit an oil tanker from behind near Ranasthalam in Srikakulam district in north coastal Andhra, about 700 km from Hyderabad. A severely-injured Naidu was transported to Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) in Srikakulam town, where the doctors' efforts to resuscitate him failed. He was declared dead around 3:30 am.