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Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy

Date of Birth: 21 December 1972
Political Party: YSR Congress Party
Occupation: Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh
Career Start: 2009
Residence: Pulivendula, Andhra Pradesh, India
Education: Masters of Business Administration (M.B.A)

Life Story

Jagan Mohan Reddy was born on 21 Dec 1972in the Pulivendula Village of Kadapa District, Andhra Pradesh. He was born in a Protestant Christian Family. He did his schooling from Hyderabad Public School, Hyderabad. He then went on to purse B. Com from Nizam College in 1993. He started his own business after graduating from college. Although his father was politician, he never considered getting into politics. In 2008, he founded the Telugu Newspaper Sakshi, soon after its success, he launched a television channel by the same name, Sakshi TV.

Political Career

Jagan Mohan Reddy’s father YS Rajasekhara Reddy popularly known as YSR, was a two-time Chief Minister of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, serving from 2004 to 2009.

Jagan Mohan started his political career campaigning for Indian National Congress during the 2004 elections in Kadapa District.

In 2009, Jagan Mohan was elected as Member of Parliament from Kadapa constituency.

Post YSR’s death

Following the death of his father in Sep 2009, Jagan Mohan started his earnest efforts to take up the political legacy left by his father.

Following YSR’s death, the majority of the legislators favored Jagan Mohan to be appointed as the Chief Minister. Sonia Gandhi, party chief of the Indian National Congress and her son Rahul Gandhi, party general secretary did not agree to this.

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.

Founding YSR CONGRESS

On 29 November 2010, he resigned, after a fallout with the Congress party high command. 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. Later, his party went to by polls in YSR Kadapa district and won almost all the seats with a huge majority.

2011 by-election success

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

2012 disproportionate assets case

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has disclosed that Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, popularly known as Jagan, accepted Rs 1,172 crore from various investors as bribe and in turn helped them get favours from the state government. The favors are mainly land, mining leases and licenses for new industries. Jagan, Member of Parliament from Kadapa and late chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy’s son, was arrested by the investigating agency on May 27 in connection with a disproportionate assets case. A CBI special court in Hyderabad on May 28 remanded him to judicial custody for 14 days. He will remain in the Chanchalguda Central Prison till June 11.

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.

The Supreme Court also dismissed his petition on 4 July 2012, 9 August 2012, and on 13 May 2013.

Other Congress ministers arrested for issuing orders

In March 2012, the Supreme Court directed the CBI to extend their investigations to six ministers (Kanna LakshminarayanaMopidevi Venkata RamanaSabita Indra ReddyPonnala LakshmaiahJ 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. Andhra Excise minister Mopidevi Venkataramana was arrested on 24 May 2012.

CBI also summoned BCCI chief N Srinivasan on 7 June 2012.

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

Charges of political vendetta

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

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. His mother, MLA Vijayamma, was also on hunger strike protesting the formation of Telangana out of AP. After his release, Reddy called for a 72-hour bandh protesting the formation of Telangana. Both Jagan and his mother resigned from their legislatures opposing the Telangana decision.

2014 Election Defeat

In 2014, the YSR Congress Party (YSRCP), was a pre-poll favorite among most analysts and psychologists. But, the YSRCP lost the 2014 elections, winning only 67 of 175 seats in the state assembly, with 45% of vote share. In the 2014 election, the Telugu Desam Party vote share went up to 47% and the 2% gap led to the defeat of YSRCP.

Praja Sankalpa Yatra – Padayatra of more than 3,648 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 Praja Sankalpa Yatra on 6 November 2017.

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 6 November 2017 and ended on 9 January 2019.

Knife Attack – 2018

Jagan Mohan Reddy while boarding a Flight to Hyderabad was attacked with a knife in the VIP Lounge of Visakhapatnam Airport on 25 Oct 2018. He received an injury on shoulder and had to undergo a surgery.

2019 Election Win

In the 2019 National and State election held in April–May 2019, YSR Congress Party swept the polls and won 151 of the total 175 assembly seats and 22 of the 25 Lok Sabha seats in AP. He took oath as Chief Minister on 30 May 2019.

Honors/ Awards

  • Rs 50,000 investment support for every farmer’s family.
  • In the May month Rs 12,500 farm investment will be deposited to the farmers.
  • 9 hours free current in the morning time.
  • With Rs 4,000 crore Natural Disaster Relief Fund will be established.
  • The Government will pay the entire crop insurance premium.
  • Free borewell facility, and interest-free loans for the farmers.
  • For Aqua farmers, Rs 1.50 per unit current supply.
  • Guarantee for the minimum support price for the crops.
  • Warehouses, cold storages, and food processing units will be set up at each constituency.
  • Road tax and toll tax canceled for agricultural tractors.
  • The cooperative sector will be restored, and Rs 4 will be paid extra for the dairy farmers.
  • Under the YSR insurance scheme, Rs 7 lakhs will be paid to the families of the farmer who has died accidentally or by suicide.
  • Interest free loan for tenant farmers.
  • For SC, ST, BC, and minority farmers, Rs 12500 extra will be provided under the financial support

scheme.