YSR Congress leader YS Vivekananda Reddy passes away

Kadapa: YSR Congress Party leader and former Andhra Pradesh Minister YS Vivekananda Reddy died on Friday following a cardiac arrest, his family said.

He was 68. Reddy, also a former Lok Sabha member, suffered a cardiac arrest at his residence in Pulivendula town of Kadapa district in the wee hours of Friday.

He was the younger brother of late Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Rajasekhar Reddy and uncle of YSR Congress Party president YS Jaganmohan Reddy. He is survived by his wife and a daughter.

Reddy was elected as an MLA from Pulivendula constituency in 1989 and 1994. He became a Member of Parliament from Kadapa Lok Sabha seat in 1999 and 2004. In 2009, he was elected as MLC.

He also served as Agriculture Minister of Andhra Pradesh and later resigned from Congress party and joined YSRCP.