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YSR Congress leader Y.S.Vivekananda Reddy dead

IANS  |  Kadapa (Andhra Pradesh) 

party leader and former died of on Friday, his family said. He was 68.

Vivekananda, also a former member, suffered at his residence in Pulivendula town of Kadapa district.

He was the younger brother of former Y.S. Rajasekhara and uncle of party president Y.S. Jaganmohan

He is survived by wife and a daughter.

He was elected from Kadapa constituency on party ticket in 1999 and 2004. He was twice elected to Assembly (1989, 1994) from Pulivendula, a family stronghold.

Vivekananda was also elected to in 2009 and served as Agriculture in Kiran Kumar Reddy cabinet.

He remained loyal to Congress when Jaganmohan Reddy raised a banner of revolt against the party for not picking him as the successor of his father and following his death in a helicopter crash in 2009.

had alleged that Congress tried to split in the family by making Vivekananda a Minister. The young leader subsequently floated Congress party.

Vivekananda contested 2011 bye-election to Pulivendula constituency against his sister-in-law and Jagan's mother Y.S. Vijayamma, who contested as YSR Congress candidate and won the seat with a huge majority.

Vivekananda later quit Congress party and joined YSR Congress. He lost elections to the Legislative Council in 2017.

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First Published: Fri, March 15 2019. 09:52 IST
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