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YSR Congress leader Y.S. Vivekananda Reddy dead

IANS  |  Kadapa (Andhra Pradesh) 

and former Y.S. Vivekananda was found dead at his home here under suspicious circumstances. He was 68.

Vivekananda Reddy, also a former member, was suspected to have suffered at his residence in Pulivendula town.

However, on a complaint by his Krishna Reddy, the police registered a case of unnatural death under Section 174 of Code of Criminal Procedure and took up investigations.

Vivekananda was the younger brother of former Y.S. Rajasekhara and uncle of

He is survived by his wife and a daughter.

The former MP, who was alone at his house, was found in a pool of blood in the bathroom. The said he had suffered

The body was shifted for autopsy to a government hospital.

Leaders of expressed doubts over the cause of death and demanded a thorough probe. They said he was fine till Thursday and had participated in the election campaigning.

said the party was demanding an impartial probe to find out if it was a natural death or accidental death or there was some other cause.

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

He was also elected to the in 2009 and served as Agriculture in Kiran Kumar Reddy's 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 Reddy a Minister. The young leader subsequently floated

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

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



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First Published: Fri, March 15 2019. 12:56 IST