YSR is no more. He has been killed in a helicopter crash in Nallamalla forest. The news of YSR’s death has plunged not only Andhra state but the whole nation into mourning, as stunned YSR and Congress supporters throughtout the country express their grief on this accident. Y S Rajasekhara Reddy was born on 8th July 1949 in Pulivendula, Andhra Pradesh. He was popularly known as YSR. He was one of the popular faces of Andhra Politics. He was elected to the 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th Lok Sabha from the Kadapa constituency for four terms and to the Andhra Pradesh Assembly for five terms from the Pulivendula constituency. In 2003, he undertook a three month long paadayaatra, or walking tour, across several districts in Andhra Pradesh. As a result of this paadayaatra, Congress Party came up with huge majority in state Assembly elections and he became the chief minister. He led his party to victory in the next general and assembly elections held in 2009, also.
On September 2, 2009 a helicopter carrying YSR went missing in the Nallamala forest area. On the morning of 3 September, 2009, TV channels and newspaper websites reported that the helicopter had been found crashed on top of Rudrakonda Hill, 40 nautical miles from Kurnool. And it was later confirmed by the Prime Minister’s office and all five persons found dead in the accident. YSR was man of masses, a true leader. He moved AP to couple of steps forward on the path of prosperity, development. His untimely death is an irreparable loss for the nation. I pray to the God to grant peace to his soul and give strength and courage to his family, friends and well-wishers.
YSR’s political career
- Minister of state for rural development (1980-82)
- Excise minister (1982)
- Education minister (1982-83)
- Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh (2004-2009)