Sridhar Babu

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Duddilla Sridhar Babu
Member of Legislative Assembly
Telangana
Assumed office
2018
ConstituencyManthani, Peddapalli district
Personal details
BornManthani
Political partyIndian National Congress
Spouse(s)Shailaja Ramaiyer
Children2
ResidenceHyderabad

Duddilla Sridhar Babu[1] is an Indian politician from Indian National Congress and is a member of the Telangana Assembly.He was a member of the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly, representing the Indian National Congress. He was the Minister for Civil Supplies, Consumer Affairs, Legal Metrology and Legislative Affairs in the Government of Andhra Pradesh prior to that state being divided.[2] He is now the MLA from Manthani Constituency, which he won in the 2018 Assembly Elections in Telangana. This is his fourth term as MLA. Sridhar Babu is one of the senior most leaders in the Telangana Congress Party and is one of its state unit's Vice Presidents.

Background[edit]

Duddilla Sridhar Babu[3][4] is the fourth of six children of former Speaker of the Andhra Pradesh Assembly, the Indian National Congress politician Sri D. Sripada Rao. He graduated from the University of Delhi and was a practising lawyer at Andhra Pradesh High Court before entering politics in 1999 following the assassination of his father by Naxalites. At that time he decided that it was incumbent on him to continue the work of his father in the Manthani constituency and more specifically in the Karimnagar district in which it is situated.[5][6]

A keen cricketer as a student — he represented Nizam College and the University of Hyderabad — Sridhar Babu is married to Ms Shailaja Ramaiyer, an officer in the Indian Administrative Service of the Telangana Cadre, while being a MLA. The couple have two children.

Career[edit]

Sridhar Babu is known for carrying out developmental works in the Backward region of Manthani ever since he became a Member of the Legislative Assembly and is believed to be always close to the people of the region.[6]

First term (1999–2004)[edit]

Sridhar Babu won on the Congress ticket from Manthani in the 1999 elections, though his Congress party was relegated to sitting in the opposition. He defeated his nearest rival, C. Rami Reddy of the Telugu Desam Party, by a margin of over 15,000 votes.[7]

Second term (2004–2009)[edit]

By the time Y. S. Rajasekhar Reddy undertook his padayatra in 2003, Sridhar Babu was the Karimnagar district party president.[8] In the 2004 elections, in which the Congress Party gained power, he defeated the TDP candidate, Somarapu Satyanarayana, by a margin of 42,560 votes.[9] He became a Government Whip in the 12th Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly.[10]

Third term (2009–2014)[edit]

He was re-elected in the 2009 Assembly Elections defeating Putta Madhu of the erstwhile Praja Rajyam Party by a margin of over 13,000 votes.[11] He was the only Congress MLA to be re-elected in 2009 from Karimnagar district, amidst a strong showing from an alliance of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi and Telugu Desam Party.[citation needed]

Babu was appointed a member of Y. S. Reddy's cabinet in May 2009[6] as minister for Higher Education and NRI affairs. After serving the ministry for 1.5 years he moved to the Civil Supplies and Legislative affairs ministry in Kiran Kumar Reddy's cabinet.[citation needed] He resigned from the cabinet on 2 January 2014 after Reddy divested him of his Legislative Affairs portfolio when the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill, which concerns the creation of a separate Telangana state, was being discussed in the Assembly.[12]

Fourth term (2018–Present)[edit]

Sridhar Babu won a hard-fought election in 2018,[13] and won with a majority of 16,230 votes against his TRS rival.[14] The Telangana CM KCR had called for an early election in September 2018 by dissolving the assembly a good 8 months before its tenure throwing the opposition parties into a tizzy.[15] The Congress party had high hopes of dethroning the ruling TRS and allied itself with the TDP,TJS and CPI to forge a grand alliance. However, the TRS rode back to power and Sridhar Babu was one of the only 19 MLAs who won on the Congress party ticket.

Election statistics[edit]

Year Contested For Party Constituency Opponent Votes Majority Result
1 1999 MLA INC Manthani Chandrupatla Ram Reddy (TDP) 65884 - 50613 15271 Won [16]
2 2004 INC Somarapu Satyanarayana (TDP) 79318-36758 42560 Won [17]
3 2009 INC Putta madhu (PRAP) 63770-50561 13209 Won [18]
4 2014 INC Putta madhu (TRS) 64677 - 84037 -19360 Lost [19]
5 2018 INC Putta madhu (TRS) 89045 - 72815 16230 Won [13]

Offices held[edit]

Office Organization Tenure
Secretary, Coordination Committee Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (2014–2015)
Chairman, Manifesto Committee [20] Telangana Pradesh Election Committee (2014–2014)
Minister for Civil Supplies, Consumer Affairs, Legal Meteorology Government of Andhra Pradesh (2010-2014)
Minister for Legislative Affairs Government of Andhra Pradesh (2010 - 2014)
In Charge District Minister and Chairman DRC(District Review Committee)[21] Ranga Reddy District, Andhra Pradesh (2009-2014)
Minister for Higher Education and NRI Affairs Government of Andhra Pradesh (2009-2010)
President District Congress Committee, Karimnagar, Andhra Pradesh (2004-2012)
Board Member Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD), Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh (2004-2006)
Government Whip 12th Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly (2004-2009)
Chairman Cricket Association of Telagana,CAT (2014–2016)
Vice president Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee [22] (2016–present)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About Sridhar Babu". Sridharbabu Official Website.
  2. ^ "Council of Ministers". Government of Andhra Pradesh. October 2013. Archived from the original on 8 October 2013. Retrieved 3 October 2013.
  3. ^ Duddilla, Sridhar babu. "Sridhar Babu Official Website". https://sridharbabu.in/. External link in |website= (help)
  4. ^ "List of MLAs". Government of Andhra Pradesh. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 21 June 2014.
  5. ^ Ahmed, Inkeshaf (21 September 2012). "Robed minister of Kiran's team". Postnoon. Archived from the original on 31 January 2013. Retrieved 3 October 2013.
  6. ^ a b c "Andhra Pradesh News : Manthani fields a Minister after PV". The Hindu. 26 May 2009. Retrieved 3 October 2013.
  7. ^ http://eci.nic.in/eci_main/StatisticalReports/SE_1999/StatisticalReport-AP99.pdf
  8. ^ "Cong. wants Nellore renamed". The Hindu. 28 January 2003. Retrieved 14 March 2014.
  9. ^ http://eci.nic.in/eci_main/StatisticalReports/SE_2004/StatisticalReports_AP_2004.pdf
  10. ^ "Whips". AP Legislature. Retrieved 14 March 2014.
  11. ^ http://eci.nic.in/eci_main/StatisticalReports/AE2009/Statistical_Report_AP2009.pdf
  12. ^ "Andhra Pradesh Minister Sridhar Babu resigns over portfolio rejig". NDTV.com. 2 January 2014. Retrieved 18 March 2014.
  13. ^ a b https://eci.gov.in/files/file/9691-telangana-general-legislative-election-2018-statistical-report/
  14. ^ https://www.news18.com/news/politics/manthani-election-result-2018-live-updates-duddilla-sridhar-babu-of-inc-wins-1969027.html/
  15. ^ https://www.news18.com/news/india/kcr-dissolves-telangana-assembly-calls-for-early-polls-1869591.html/
  16. ^ https://eci.gov.in/files/file/4052-andhra-pradesh-1999/
  17. ^ https://eci.gov.in/files/file/4053-andhra-pradesh-2004/
  18. ^ https://eci.gov.in/files/file/4054-andhra-pradesh-2009/
  19. ^ https://eci.gov.in/files/file/4055-andhra-pradesh-2014/
  20. ^ https://www.news18.com/news/politics/congress-releases-poll-manifesto-for-telangana-680770.html
  21. ^ https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Hyderabad/water-board-ghmc-chiefs-caught-off-guard/article2848407.ece
  22. ^ https://www.thehansindia.com/posts/index/Telangana/2016-04-17/Sonia-approves-TPCC-body/222081