The 17th Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Yadugiri Sandinti Jagan Mogan Reddy, more commonly known as Jagan, turned 50 on December 21, 2022. Coming from a political family, Jagan Reddy is the son of the former chief minister of Andhra Pradesh Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy.
Here are a few little-known facts YS Jagan Mohan Reddy
A Congress Alumni
The founder and leader of the YSR Congress Party, Jagan Reddy was a member of the Indian National Congress. The leader was elected as a member of Parliament from the Congress Party in 2009.
After the death of his father, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy in a helicopter crash in 2009 Jagan Reddy kickstarted his Yatra, following a few differences with the Congress Party.
The majority of the Congress party supported the idea of making Jagan Reddy the next Chief Minister to take forward the legacy of his father, however, the ‘high command’ did not quite think so.
Jagan Reddy started his Yatra, six months after the death of his father. He went around the state to console the families of those who alleged to have committed suicide, following the death of the chief minister. Several people fell ill after listening to the news. Jagan Reddy made it to everyone’s house, through ‘Odarpu Yatra’
Parting ways with the Congress
After serving as a Member of Parliament from the Kadapa constituency for a year, Jagan Reddy resigned in 2010. Following his footsteps, his mother Vijaramma also resigned from the position of a member of the legislative assembly.
The New Beginning
Days after submitting his resignation, YS Jagan Mohan Reddy announced that he would be starting a new party in the following months. In March 2011 Jagan Reddy launched a new party by the name YSR Congress Party, in the east Godavari district.
The party tasted a great deal of success in its first by-polls. The YSR Congress Party won almost all the by-poll seats in the Kadapa district, by a huge margin. Jagan Reddy and his mother went back to serve as legislators after securing an impressive victory.
Allegation of corruption
A series of cases were lodged against the leader in 2012. The president of the YSR Congress was arrested and jailed for more than a year. He was released on bail, right before the start of the 2014 elections. However the same year his party YSRCP managed to secure an impressive number of 67 seats in the state assembly.
Jagan Reddy was defeated in the general elections by Chandrababu Naidu in 2014. Reddy arranged for another yatra, which went on for over 14 months and ended in January 2019, months before the next general elections.
Following the Yatra, Jagan was able to turn the table in his favour as he defeated Chandrababu Naidu in 2019. The same year his party, YSRCP got a majority of over 175 members in the state Assembly and formed the government.