Bhuma Nagi Reddy

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Bhuma Nagi Reddy
Born(1964-01-08)January 8, 1964
DiedMarch 12, 2017(2017-03-12) (aged 53)
OccupationIndian politician
Years active1984-2017
Political partyTelugu Desam Party[1]
Spouse(s)Bhuma Shobha Nagireddy (m. 1986-2014)
ChildrenBhuma Akhila Priya (daughter)
Bhuma Naga Mounika (daughter)
Bhuma Jagat Vikhyat Reddy (son)

Bhuma Nagi Reddy (Telugu: భూమా నాగిరెడ్డి; 8 January 1964 – 12 March 2017) was an Indian politician. He was elected in a by-election to the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly in 1992[2] after the sudden death of his brother, Bhuma Sekhar Reddy, an MLA from Allagadda constituency in Kurnool district. In 1996, Reddy was the Telugu Desam Party candidate against Prime Minister P. V. Narasimha Rao in the Nandyal Lok Sabha constituency election. He served in the 11th, 12th and 13th Lok Sabhas. Reddy died in office on 12 March 2017 after a massive heart attack at his home in Allagadda. [3]

Personal life[edit]

Nagi Reddy was born in the remote village of Kothapalle, near Dornipadu, the youngest son of Bhuma Bali Reddy and Eeswaramma. He had three older brothers and one younger sister, Bhuma Sri Devi. As the family had been involved in local politics, Bali Reddy wanted to send his son away for his education. Nagi Reddy completed his intermediate studies in Velankanni at a private school affiliated with the Central Board of Secondary Education. He was later sent to Bangalore to study medicine, but had to return after his father was murdered. His father's death inspired Nagi Reddy to become a politician in the Rayalaseema region.

He married Shobha Nagi Reddy, daughter of former Andhra Pradesh minister S. V. Subbareddy, who also became a renowned politician. She died on 24 April 2014 at 11:05 pm after an automobile accident while she was campaigning for the 2014 legislative elections.[4] They had three children: one son and two daughters, one of whom is Allagada MLA Akhila Priya Reddy.[5]

Politics[edit]

Nagi Reddy began his political career in 1984, when he was elected president of the Rudravaram Cooperative Society. From 1986 to 1990, he was a mandal president in Allagadda MPP. Nagi Reddy stood as an MLA candidate for the opposition Telugu Desam Party in the 1991 by-election for the Allagadda constituency left vacant by the death of his brother Bhuma Sekhar Reddy, who died of a heart attack on 7 June. In 1996, he challenged Prime Minister P. V. Narasimha Rao for the TDP. Although Nagi Reddy was narrowly defeated, he gained many supporters and considerable publicity. Narasimha Rao resigned the Nandyal seat to retain the Berhampur constituency, leading to a by-election. Nagi Reddy defeated Rangaiah Naidu to join the 11th Lok Sabha.

In 1998, he narrowly defeated Gangula Prathapa Reddy.[6] The result inspired Nagi Reddy to rebuild his political strategy and improve his relationship with the party core. In the 1999 midterm election, he defeated Prathapa Reddy by 72,600 votes.[7]

In 2004, Nagi Reddy was defeated by Prathap Reddy in the Allagadda assembly constituency. His wife, a two-term MLA from Allagadda, reluctantly stood as an MP candidate from Nandyal and lost to Congress candidate S. P. Y. Reddy. After the Praja Rajyam Party was founded by Tollywood film actor Chiranjeevi, the couple resigned from the TDP on 4 July 2008 and joined the new party on 20 August.[8][9] In the 2009 general elections, Nagi Reddy was defeated in the Nandyal parliamentary constituency on the PRP ticket; Shobha Nagi Reddy was elected from the Allagadda assembly constituency.

In 2010, after Kadapa MLA Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy (son of the unexpectedly-deceased chief minister of Andhra Pradesh Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy) founded the YSR Congress Party, Chiranjeevi decided to merge the PRP with the Indian National Congress. Nagi Reddy and his wife opposed the move, joined Jaganmohan Reddy and became key figures in the YSR Congress Party.[10] Nagi Reddy and his daughter, Bhuma Akhila Priya (the Allagadda MLA) returned to the TDP in 2016. He was recognized for his role in the construction of a rail line from Yerraguntla to Nandyal.[11]

Rayala Telangana[edit]

Nagi Reddy said in January 2007 that Rayalaseema should become part of Telangana and not be divided with Andhra Pradesh because the region's people were culturally and emotionally closer to Telangana. Unlike coastal Andhra Pradesh, Rayalaseema has a history of droughts and poverty. According to Nagi Reddy, 90 percent of coastal Andhra Pradesh's arable land was being irrigated, compared with 45 percent in the rest of the region.[12][self-published source][13][14]

Committees[edit]

Nagi Reddy was a member of the finance and external affairs committees in 1996-1997. He was a member of the transport and tourism committee, the committee to provide computers to MPs, and a consultative committee for the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers in 1998-1999. Nagi Reddy was a member of the energy committee in 1999 and 2000 and of a consultative committee for the Ministry of Urban Development from 2000 to 2004.[15].

Death[edit]

Nagi Reddy died of a massive heart attack at his home on 12 March 2017 at age 53.[16] He was survived by his three children, including Allagada MLA Akhila Priya.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/in-other-news/120317/tdp-mla-bhuma-nagi-reddy-dies-of-massive-heart-attack.html
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ "Parliament of India". Parliament of India. Retrieved 14 March 2017.
  4. ^ "Bhuma, Sobha Nagireddy Declared Dead". Tollywooddaily. Hyderabad, India. 24 April 2014.
  5. ^ Article by Prabhakara Reddy and Janardhana Reddy in andhra jyothi Sunday publication of 2005
  6. ^ [2][dead link]
  7. ^ [3]
  8. ^ [4][permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "Great Andhra". Great Andhra. Retrieved 14 March 2017.
  10. ^ [5]
  11. ^ indianrailways, volume43,page18
  12. ^ press release of Bhuma couple in January 2007
  13. ^ [6][permanent dead link]
  14. ^ [7][permanent dead link]
  15. ^ [8][dead link]
  16. ^ "Parliament of India". Parliament of India. Retrieved 14 March 2017.