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Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy

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Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy

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Leader of Opposition in Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly
Assumed office
26 May 2014
Preceded byN. Chandrababu Naidu
Member of the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly
for Pulivendla
Assumed office
26 May 2014
Preceded byY. S. Vijayamma
Member of the India Parliament
for Kadapa
In office
26 May 2009 – 26 May 2014
Preceded byY. S. Vivekananda Reddy
Succeeded byY. S. Avinash Reddy
Personal details
Born (1972-12-21) 21 December 1972 (age 46)
Pulivendula, Andhra Pradesh, India
Political partyYSR Congress Party (2011-present)
Other political
Indian National Congress (before 2011)
Spouse(s)Y. S. Bharathi
Children2 daughters
ParentsY. S. Rajasekhara Reddy (father)
Y. S. Vijayamma (mother)
RelativesY. S. Sharmila (sister)
ResidenceHyderabad, Telangana, India
Amaravati, Andhra Pradesh, India

Yeduguri Sandinti Jaganmohan Reddy (born 21 December 1972),[1] is an Indian politician from Andhra Pradesh, who is the founder and leader of YSR Congress Party, and Leader of opposition in the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly since 16 May 2014.[2] He is the son of the former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy. He started his political career by campaigning for Indian National Congress in 2004 elections in Kadapa District, and in the 2009 elections he was elected as member of Parliament from Kadapa constituency as a member of the Indian National Congress.

Personal life

Jaganmohan Reddy was born on 21 December 1972 in Pulivendula village of Kadapa District, Andhra Pradesh.[3][4] He received his early education from Pulivendula and Hyderabad Public School. He founded the daily Telugu language newspaper Sakshi and the television channel Sakshi TV.[5] He is the chief promoter of Bharathi Cements.[6] Reddy is a Protestant Christian.[7] He has a younger sister, Y. S. Sharmila, who is also a politician.[8]

Political career

Six months after his father's death, he began an odarpu yatra (condolence tour) as promised earlier to go and meet the families of those alleged to have either committed suicide or suffered ill health on the news of his father's death. The Congress party's central leadership directed him to call off his odarpu yatra, an order which he defied leading to a fallout between the high command and himself. He went ahead with the yatra, stating that it was a personal matter.[9]

Jagan, as the president of YSR Congress, faced by-election from the Kadapa constituency and won by a large margin of 545,043 votes.[10]

On 29 November 2010, he resigned, after a fallout with the Congress party high command.[11] He announced on 7 December 2010 from Pulivendula that he would be starting a new party within 45 days. In March 2011, he announced his party name at Jaggampeta of East Godavari district.[12] Later, his party went to by polls in YSR Kadapa district and won almost all the seats with a huge majority.[13]

Opposition to the formation of Telangana

While in jail, Reddy started a hunger strike opposing the United Progressive Alliance's decision to endorse the creation of a separate Telangana state. After 125 hours of indefinite hunger strike, his sugar levels and blood pressure were down. He was moved to Osmania General Hospital for treatment.[14] His mother, MLA Vijayamma, was also on hunger strike protesting the formation of Telangana out of AP.[15] After his release, Reddy called for a 72-hour bandh protesting the formation of Telangana.[16] Both Jagan and his mother have resigned from their legislatures opposing the Telangana decision[17]

2014 Election Defeat

The YSR Congress Party(led by Jagan) lost the 2014 elections, winning 67 of 175 seats in the state assembly.[18]

PrajaSankalpaYatra - Padayatra of more than 3,000 km

Leader of the Opposition in Assembly and YSR Congress Party president Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy launched his 3,000-km-long walkathon named PrajaSankalpaYatra on November 6th,2017.[19][20]

The YSRC chief launched his ‘Praja Sankalpa Padayatra’ at RK Valley in his native Kadapa district after paying homage at the grave of his father.YSR Congress party coined a slogan “Raavali Jagan, Kaavali Jagan” (Jagan should come. We want Jagan) for the foot march that took to him across 125 Assembly segments in 13 districts of the state in 430 days. This Yatra was started on November 6,2017 and ended on January 9, 2019.

Knife Attack

Jagan Mohan Reddy while boarding a Flight to Hyderabad to attend CBI Court was attacked with a Knife Blade in the VIP Lounge of Visakhapatnam Airport on 25 Oct 2018. He received an injury on shoulder and had to undergo a surgery.[21]

Disproportionate Assets

Arrest and 16 months in jail

Jagan Reddy was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation on embezzlement charges and his Judicial custody was extended repeatedly as the investigation proceeded.[22][23][24]

The Supreme Court also dismissed his petition on 4 July 2012,[25][26] 9 August 2012, and on 13 May 2013.[27]

Other Congress ministers arrested for issuing orders

In March 2012, the Supreme Court directed the CBI to extend their investigations to six ministers (Kanna Lakshminarayana, Mopidevi Venkata Ramana, Sabita Indra Reddy, Ponnala Lakshmaiah, J Geetha Reddy and Dharmana Prasada Rao), and eight senior bureaucrats, who were implicated in issuing 26 Government orders that helped the companies investing in Jagan's firms.[28] Andhra Excise minister Mopidevi Venkataramana was arrested on 24 May 2012.[29]

CBI also summoned BCCI chief Mr N Srinivasan on 7 June 2012.[30]

As a sequel to allegations that CBI had selectively released information to the press to tarnish the image of Jaganmohan Reddy, the Central Vigilance Commissioner sought a report on the matter from the investigating agency.[31]

Charges of political vendetta

The YSR Congress and Jagan's family have been alleging a political conspiracy behind Jagan's investigations.[32][33] BJP has noted that CBI has been pursuing this case with greater vigour than that of government-aligned politicians with similar charges such as Sushil Kumar Shinde or Vilasrao Deshmukh.[34]


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  24. ^ "DA case: Jagan's custody extended, Sabitha appears in court". Calcutta, India: 2013-06-07. Retrieved 2013-11-03.
  25. ^ Justice Aftab Alam and Mrs. Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai (4 July 2012). "Y.S.Jagan Mohan Reddy vs C.B.I. Anti-Corruption Branch". Supreme Court of India.
  26. ^ Justice Aftab Alam and Mrs. Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai (4 July 2012). "Supreme Court of India Judgment: Y.S.Jagan Mohan Reddy vs C.B.I. Anti-Corruption Branch".
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  34. ^ "Jagan Mohan Reddy's arrest political vendetta: BJP". The Times of India.

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Leader of the YSR Congress Party in the 15th Lok Sabha
Succeeded by
Mekapati Rajamohan Reddy