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   YS Vivekananda Reddy quits congress
Hyderabad - Former minister and MP Y.S. Vivekananda Reddy on Wednesday announced his decision to quit the Congress which he served for more than three decades.

Vivekananda Reddy announced his decision to leave Congress after a meeting with his supporters in his hometown Pulivendula, coinciding with the death anniversary of his father Raja Reddy.

He said he was very disturbed at recent developments that led to the targeting of YSR who had brought the Congress to power twice, both at the Centre and in the state. Mr Vivekananda Reddy is the only Congress leader from Pulivendula, and his quitting the Congress party has been on the cards for the last few weeks.

"I am unable to digest the criticism against my late brother by Congress leaders, including Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy. So, I have decided to quit the party," the former minister said adding "I have decided to quit the party after a lot of deliberations with my supporters".

He was elected twice to Lok Sabha from Kadapa constituency, twice to AP Assembly from Pulivendula and once to state Legislative Council from Kadapa Local Authorities Constituency and commanded wide respect among Congress cadres in the district.

Mr Vivekananda Reddy has frequently approached Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy for permissions for his upcoming medical college at Pulivendula. He has also been requesting AICC leaders, including Ms Sonia Gandhi, to consider him for nominated posts, though he declared he will not seek any such posts.

Tags - YS Vivekananda Reddy, YSR Congress, Vivekananda Reddy, Congress
Thu 24 May, 2012,12:31:47 AM
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