KURNOOL: Y.S. Vivekananda Reddy, former minister and paternal uncle of Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, was brutally murdered at his residence in Pulivendula at around 5 am on Friday. Vivekananda Reddy was a brother of late former chief minister Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy.
Vivekananda Reddy was alone at his Pulivendula home on Thursday night after a busy day campaigning at Mydukur and Jammalamdugu, said his personal assistant Krishna Reddy.
The SP said that a door was left ajar which allowed the assailants entry into the house.
Born on August 8, 1950, Vivekananda Reddy represented Pulivendula in the Andhra Pradesh Assembly in 1989 and 1994. He was got elected to the Kadapa Lok Sabha seat in 1999 and 2004.
In 2009, Vivekananda Reddy became a Member of the Legislative Council and was agriculture minister in the cabinet of Kiran Kumar Reddy.
He remained loyal to the Congress even after his nephew Jagan Mohan Reddy severed ties with the party.
Under pressure from associates and family members, he resigned from the Congress and joined the YSRC.