Jaipal Reddy

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Jaipal Reddy
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Minister of Earth Sciences
In office
29 October 2012 – 18 May 2014
Prime MinisterManmohan Singh
Preceded byVayalar Ravi
Succeeded byJitendra Singh
Minister of Science and Technology
In office
29 October 2012 – 18 May 2014
Prime MinisterManmohan Singh
Preceded byAshwani Kumar
Succeeded byJitendra Singh
Member of the Indian Parliament
for Chevella
In office
June 2009 – May 2014
Preceded byConstituency established
Succeeded byKonda Vishweshwar Reddy
Personal details
Born (1942-01-16) 16 January 1942 (age 77)
Madgul, Hyderabad State, British India
(now in Telangana, India)
Political partyIndian National Congress
Children2 sons and 1 daughter
ResidenceMadgul, Telangana, India

Sudini Jaipal Reddy (born 16 January 1942) is an Indian politician who was the member of the 15th Lok Sabha of India and was the Minister of Science and Technology. He represented the Chevella constituency of Telangana and is a member of the Indian National Congress. He served as a Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting in IK Gujral cabinet in 1998. In 1999 he returned to Indian National Congress after 21 years. In 2004 he was re-elected to 14th Lok Sabha from Miryalguda Constituency and then he served as a Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting and Union Minister for Urban Development in United Progressive Alliance-1. In 2009 he was re-elected to the 15th Lok Sabha from the Chevella constituency and served as a Union Minister for Urban Development and Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas. He was the Union Minister for the Ministry of Earth Sciences and the Ministry of Science and Technology from 29 October 2012 to 18 May 2014.

Personal life[edit]

Reddy was born in Nermatta, a village in Chandur Mandal in Nalgonda District in Telangana State but is actually from Maadgula, Mahbubnagar district in Telangana. He has been polio-stricken since he was 18-months old,[1] and uses crutches to walk.[2]

He has an M.A. from the Osmania University, Hyderabad.

He has been an agriculturist. His favourite pastime is reading and has visited many countries. He married Lakshmi on 7 May 1960. The couple have two sons and one daughter.[3]


Jaipal Reddy in his office after taking over the charge as the Union Minister of Information & Broadcasting in New Delhi on May 24, 2004

Jaipal Reddy was an MLA of Kalwakurthy between 1969 and 1984, a constituency in Andhra Pradesh for four terms. He was a member of the Congress Party but quit to protest against the emergency and joined the Janata Party in 1977.[citation needed]

He contested the 1980 Lok Sabha elections unsuccessfully from Medak against Indira Gandhi. He was the general secretary of the Janata Party from 1985 to 1988.[citation needed] He was elected to the Lok Sabha five times: the 8th Lok Sabha in 1984 (in alliance with Telugu Desam Party (TDP)), the 12th in 1998 (again as ally of TDP), the 13th in 1999 (as a member of the Congress Party), the 14th in 2004 (as a member of the Congress Party, Miryalaguda constituency) and the 15th in 2009 (as a member of the Congress Party). He was also a member of the Rajya Sabha on two occasions, 1990–1996 and 1997–1998.[citation needed]

He also held the position of leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha for a year from June 1991 to June 1992. In 1999–2000, he was the Chairman of Committee of privileges. He served as the minister for Information and Broadcasting in the government on two occasions: in 1997–1998 under I. K. Gujral and from 2004 under Manmohan Singh with additional responsibility for Culture. He also served as the minister for Urban Development and Petroleum and Natural Gas.[citation needed]

He acted as the spokesman for several parties of which he has been a member and was awarded the Outstanding Parliamentarian Award in 1998.[4] He was the first from South India and the youngest parliamentarian to achieve this award.[5]

Removal from the Oil Ministry[edit]

The last cabinet reshuffle of the UPA-II government took place on 28 October 2012. Jaipal Reddy was shifted from his current ministry to the Science and Technology ministry. The oil ministry had imposed a fine of 7000 Rs. crores on Mukesh Ambani's company for the sharp drop in production of gas and violations mentioned in CAG's 2011 report. Further, the oil ministry did not approve company's US$7.2 billion stake in deal with BP.[6][7] Opposition parties including the BJP, SP, and AAP said that he was removed owing to alleged pressure from the corporate houses, particularly from the Reliance group of Industries. However he refuted the claims and said that he needs to understand the new portfolio.[8][9][10]


  1. ^ "S. Jaipal Reddy brings to the government a mix of simplicity and subversion". India Today. Retrieved 20 October 2016.
  2. ^ "Dr. Jaipal reddy - uses crutches is one of the livewires of the present cabinet - enabled.in". enabled.in. 14 July 2011. Retrieved 20 October 2016.
  3. ^ [1] Archived 7 October 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Shri S Jaipal Reddy. Sjaipalreddy.com. Retrieved on 21 May 2014.
  5. ^ Shri S Jaipal Reddy. Sjaipalreddy.com. Retrieved on 21 May 2014.
  6. ^ Steep Fall in Gas Output: Rs 7000cr Fine on Reliance Archived 29 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine. IndiaWires. Retrieved on 21 May 2014.
  7. ^ [2] Archived 29 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Jaipal Reddy's shift from Oil Ministry creates a political storm - The Economic Times. Economictimes.indiatimes.com (30 October 2012). Retrieved on 21 May 2014.
  9. ^ PM owes an explanation on shifting Jaipal Reddy: BJP, SP. The Hindu (29 October 2012). Retrieved on 21 May 2014.
  10. ^ The Times of India: Latest News India, World & Business News, Cricket & Sports, Bollywood. Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved on 21 May 2014.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Murli Deora
Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas
19 Jan 2011 – 28 Oct 2012
Succeeded by
Veerappa Moily