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Vivekananda's murder heats up Andhra politics


AMARAVATI: What used to be to begin with thought to be a herbal death has turned out to be a sensational homicide case with large political ramifications in view of next month's elections in Andhra Pradesh.
The killing of YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) leader Y. S. Vivekananda Reddy at his place of abode in his house the town of Pulivendula in Kadapa district on Friday has rattled the family when it used to be gearing up for April 11 elections to Andhra Pradesh Assembly and Lok Sabha.

Uncle of YSRCP chief and Leader of Opposition Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy used to be essentially the most unlikely sufferer of a ghastly crime. The former state minister and previous MP used to be considered pleasant around the political spectrum.

That might be the cause of kinfolk to begin with pointing out that he died of cardiac arrest. However, along with his body bearing multiple injury marks, it used to be treated as a case of unnatural death and inside hours police concluded that he used to be murdered.

Vivekananda Reddy used to be by myself at his space after day-long campaigning for the party in Jammalamadugu constituency, of which he used to be the incharge.

The 68-year-old is the 3rd member of YSR family to die an unnatural death. His father Y.S. Raja Reddy used to be murdered in 1998 while elder brother after which Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy died in a helicopter crash in 2009.

In a region once infamous for bloody fights among rival factions sponsored via political parties, Raja Reddy headed a robust crew supported via the Congress party. A rival faction, headed via Parthasarathy Reddy, enjoyed the support of Telugu Desam Party (TDP). Raja Reddy used to be killed in a bomb attack near Pulivendula.

R. Sudhakar Reddy, one of the convicts in Raja Reddy's homicide, used to be launched from jail 3 years in the past. His conceivable position in VivekanandaaƂ¿s homicide is now below the police scanner.

Out of Raja Reddy's five sons, most effective Rajasekhara Reddy and Vivekananda Reddy have been in politics. While Rajasekhara Reddy went on to develop into one of the vital standard leaders of the state, Vivekananda had low-profile. The two brothers always shared family strongholds of the Pulivendula Assembly seat or the Kadapa Lok Sabha seat depending at the position YSR selected for himself.

After YSR's death, his son Jaganmohan Reddy raised the banner of revolt against the Congress after it rejected his declare to be YSR's successor. Jagan floated the YSR Congress while Vivekananda remained unswerving to Congress, changed into a state minister or even contested bye-elections against Jagan's mom, Y.S. Vijayamma, from Pulivendula in 2011. He, on the other hand, tasted defeat and later joined YSR Congress.

Now Vivekananda's homicide on election eve has brought on a war of words between the TDP and the YSR Congress, the brand new identification of the YSR family. Jagan and his party see this as part of TDP conspiracy to get rid of YSR family.


While not easy a CBI probe, Jagan said the TDP leadership used to be in power or it used to be aware of the conspiracy whenever a death occurred in his family.


"Two days before the helicopter crash in which my father died, Chandrababu Naidu told the assembly that you will not return," Jagan said.


The YSRCP chief also sees the knife attack on him at Visakhapatnam Airport in October remaining yr part of TDP conspiracy to complete off him and his family.


On Jagan's demand, the Centre handed over to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) investigations into the attack on him at Visakhapatnam Airport.


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