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Vundavalli Arun Kumar
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
In office
Preceded bySBPBK Satyanarayana Rao
Succeeded byMurali Mohan
Personal details
Born (1954-08-04) 4 August 1954 (age 69)
Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh.
Political partyIndian National Congress
SpouseSmt. Undavalli Jyothi
ChildrenVundavalli Sravanthi (Only Daughter)
  • Shri Vundavalli Venkata Subbarao (father)
  • Smt. Vundavalli Lakshmi (mother)
Residence(s)Sravanthi Apartments, Prakasam Nagar,Rajahmundry - 533 103 Andhra Pradesh
EducationB.Com, LL.B
Alma materGovernment College Rajahmundry, C.R. Reddy Law College, Eluru
Known forPublic Speaking & Political Analysis
Committeesformer Member,Congress Working Committee
As of 22 May, 2019

Vundavalli Arun Kumar (born 4 August 1954) is an Indian politician, lawyer, political analyst and a former Member of Parliament of India. He was elected to the 14th Lok Sabha and 15th Lok Sabha from Rajahmundry constituency of Andhra Pradesh.[1][2] He was a member of the Indian National Congress party.[3]

Early life[edit]

Vundavalli Arun Kumar was born in Rajahmundry, East Godavari District, Andhra Pradesh. His father, Vundavalli Venkata Subba Rao had a timber business and was the founder-president of the Rajahmundry Chamber of Commerce in the year 1944. His mother Smt. Vundavalli Lakshmi was the Founder-Secretary of the Guild of Service and Indian Red Cross Society, Rajahmundry Branch. He earned his bachelor's degree in commerce (B.Com.) from Government College, Rajahmundry, and also obtained a bachelor's degree in law (L.L.B) from C. R. Reddy Law College, Eluru.[4]


Jai Andhra Movement[edit]

Arun Kumar participated in the 1972 Jai Andhra movement as a student.[4] He runs a weekly publication, Eevaram Janavaarta, that covers contemporary political issues.[citation needed]

Public Speaking and Translation[edit]

Arun Kumar is well known for his translation expertise and is very good orator and can deliver the exact message to the public. He acted as a translator for Congress Party President Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi whenever they had to address the people of Andhra Pradesh. He was a member of the Congress Working Committee.[citation needed]

Political career[edit]

Arun Kumar was known for his public speaking abilities and in 1983 he was noticed by then President, Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee Dr. Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy. With the encouragement and support from Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy in 2004 and 2009, he won the Lok Sabha elections from Rajahmundry.[1][2] In 2009, he won against two prominent film actors, Telugu Desam Party candidate, Murali Mohan, one of the richest actors in Telugu cinema, and Praja Rajyam Party candidate, Krishnam Raju, who had a great influence in Rajahmundry.[5] He held various positions mentioned below.

5 Aug. 2004, 2006 Member, Committee on Science & Technology, Environment & Forests
7 Aug. 2004, 2006 Member, Committee on Government Assurances
6 Aug. 2009 Member, Committee on Public Accounts
31 Aug. 2009 Chairman, Committee on Petroleum and Natural Gas
16 Sep. 2009 Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Law & justice
19 Oct. 2009 Member, Committee on General Purposes
1 May 2010 Member, Committee on Public Accounts

Protest Against Ramoji Rao and Margadarsi Group[edit]

Arun Kumar has filed a case against Ramoji Rao and Margadarsi group stating that the group is performing illegal financial activities, the case is in the court and yet the result is to be heard.

Retirement from Election Politics[edit]

Vexed with the political scenario in the Indian Parliament, 2014, during the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh State in which his party Indian National Congress did not listen to his concern about the future of the state and moreover the absence of Dr. Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy (died in September 2009) in his life let him to step down from election politics forever.

Protest to demand the implementation of AP Reorganisation Act, 2014[edit]

After the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh state the government at central was charges with BJP and at state it was taken over by TDP. Both TDP and BJP allied during elections and were of least concern in implementing the AP reorganisation act, 2014 and construction of Polavaram Project. Vexed with the group politics, Vundavalli Arun Kumar started writing letters to both the governments for explanation and has been demanding for open discussion regarding the same through various platforms and press meets.


Arun Kumar has great concern about the newly formed state Andhra Pradesh and has written a book Vibhajana Katha criticizing both the parties Indian National Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party who ruthlessly divided the state of Andhra Pradesh without providing a proper solution for the newly born state without a capital city. He has been inviting the State Government which is ruled by Telugu Desam Party for discussion regarding the bifurcation act and strategies to be followed during the parliament sessions which the later people don't recognize.

Arun Kumar was a very close associate of then Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy and has been very loyal to him and was heart broken with demise of Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy. Arun Kumar wrote a book Y. S. R tho Undavalli Arun Kumar which was released by former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K. Rosaiah in which he wrote his experiences with Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy and how Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy could become people's leader.

Personal life[edit]

He married Jyothi (his family friend) and has one daughter named Sravanthi. His mother-in-law asked him to find a pensionable job to which he agreed and has written bank examinations in which he was not successful as he was purely interested in politics only. His mother-in-law was satisfied and happy when he became the Member of the Indian Parliament in 2004. [citation needed]


  1. ^ a b Statistical Report on General Elections, 2004 to The 14^th Lok Sabha (PDF). Vol. I. Election Commission of India. 2004. p. 87.
  2. ^ a b General Elections to the House of People and Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly, 2009 (PDF). Vol. II. Election Commission of India. 2009. p. 44.
  3. ^ "Sonia meets AP Cong leaders, summons KVP". indianexpress.com.
  4. ^ a b "Congress Leader Undavalli Arun Kumar Open Heart With RK". YouTube. ABN Telugu. 6 January 2018. Archived from the original on 13 December 2021. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  5. ^ "How things swung in Vundavalli's favour". The Hindu. 19 May 2009. Archived from the original on 10 August 2013.

External links[edit]

Official website