YSR Congress leader Vivekananda Reddy passes away at 68

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AMARAVATI: YS Vivekananda Reddy, Former minister and younger brother of former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy, was found dead on Friday at his residence in Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh.


The 68-year old leader is survived by his wife and a daughter.

Vivekananda Reddy's nephew and former MP Y S Avinash Reddy alleged that it was not a natural death and sought a thorough investigation.

As per the report, he was alone at his residence in Pulivendula on Thursday night.

"There were two injuries on his head, one each on the front and the back. So, a thorough probe is required to establish the cause of the death. There could possibly be a conspiracy angle as well that needs to be probed," Avinash Reddy said

Vivekananda Reddy's personal assistant M V Krishna Reddy has lodged a complaint with Pulivendula police expressing doubts over the nature of the death as blood clots were found in the bedroom and the bathroom.

"There was no response when I went to his house this morning. I called his wife in Hyderabad over the phone and she asked me not to disturb him. Later, the cook and other household staff reached the house but they too did not get any response”, Krishna Reddy said.

“Then I went in through a side door and found Vivekananda's body in the bathroom, with blood clots in the bedroom and the bathroom," he added.

As per the report, a case was registered under section 174 of CrPC (unnatural death) and the body moved to the Pulivendula government hospital for post-mortem.

Vivekananda was known as a down-to-earth and genial person and elected as MLA in 1989 and 1994 from his hometown Pulivendula in Kadapa district.

He was elected to the Lok Sabha from the Kadapa constituency in 1999 and 2004 and to the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council in 2009.

He had served as the agriculture minister under N Kiran Kumar Reddy in the then united Andhra Pradesh.

 

With inputs from PTI

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