Hyderabad: The Congress party has
cold-shouldered late Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy`s
younger brother YS Vivekananda Reddy by denying him a seat in
the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council under the Governor`s
Though it was widely expected that Vivekananda would
be `nominated` to the Council following his drubbing in the
by-election to Pulivendula Assembly constituency, his name did
not figure in the list of candidates announced by the Congress
to fill the five vacancies in the Upper House of the state
A Chakrapani, former chairman of the Legislative
Council, has secured re-nomination while four others ‘D
Rajeswara Rao, A Lakshmi Siva Kumari, Reddappa Reddy and
Farook Hussain’ also got the nod.
Governor E S L Narasimhan signed the relevant file
today and sent it to the Chief Minister`s Office, official
sources said, adding that a formal notification nominating the
five members to the Council would be issued subsequently.
Vivekananda, who was made the state Agriculture
Minister in December last, resigned in March to contest the
Pulivendula by-election, where he lost to his sister-in-law Y
S Vijayalakshmi of YSR Congress party (YCP).
Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy was said to be keen
on having Vivekananda back in his Council of Ministers by
getting him nominated to the Council under the Governor`s
quota. Both Kiran and Viveka had lobbied with the Congress
high command but failed.
Viveka was the sole member of the YSR family who
stayed back in the Congress after Y S Jaganmohan Reddy and
Vijayalakshmi quit in November last. This has also caused a
rift in the YSR family with the uncle-nephew duo falling