Yeduguri Sandinti Rajasekhara Reddy was born on 8th July 1949 & died on 2 September 2009, popularly known as YSR, was the Chief Minister of state Andhra Pradesh (India).
Y.S.R. is a medical science graduate from the M.R. College of Gulbargaa. He did his House-Surgency in Sri Venkateshwara Medical College, Tirupathi. Upon completion of his MBBS degree, he served as Medical Officer in Church of South India’s Campbell Hospital in Jammalamadugu in the Diocese of Nandyal for a brief period of time. In 1973 he established a 70-bed charitable hospital at Pulivendula in the name of his father, Sri Y. S. Raja Reddy. The hospital continues to serve the poor to date.
A doctor by profession, Reddy made his debut in politics as a Youth Congress Leader. It is interesting to note that he and his present opponent, TDP President Nara Chandrababu Naidu, made their debut at the same time (1978) in the Andhra Pradesh State Legislative Assembly as young legislators of the Congress party. They both worked together as Ministers in Sri. Tanguturi Anjaiahâ€™s cabinet. In fact Sri Chandrababu Naidu acknowledges him as his mentor in politics.
He represented the Indian National Congress party. He was elected to the 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th Lok Sabha from the Kadapa constituency for four terms and to the Andhra Pradesh Assembly for five terms from the Pulivendula constituency. In 2003 he undertook a three month long paadayaatra, or walking tour, across several districts in Andhra Pradesh. He led his party to victory in the next general and assembly elections held in 2004.
On September 2nd 2009 a helicopter carrying YSR went missing in Nallamala forest area. On the morning of 3rd September, 2009, media agencies reported that the helicopter had been found on top of Rudrakonda Hill, 40 nautical miles from Kurnool. This was later confirmed by the Prime Minsterâ€™s office and all 5 persons aboard were pronounced dead at the scene.