Hyderabad: Y S Vijaya, widow of late Chief
Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy, made her maiden entry into the
Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly on Monday.
Vijaya, who was elected to the Assembly from Pulivendula
constituency in Kadapa district, was escorted into the House
by Congress MLAs Balineni Srinivasa Reddy, Konda Surekha and
Praja Rajyam Party MLA Sobha Nagireddy, amidst the slogans
"johar YSR". She was seated in the fourth row along with women
legislators of Congress party though that was not her allotted
seat in the House.
It was to fulfill a statutory obligation (of attending
the House at least once in six months) as well as vote on the
no-confidence motion that Vijaya attended the proceedings on
the last day of the winter session of Assembly.
This was the first time ever that Vijaya, who was elected
to the Assembly twice, set foot in the House.
She was first elected to the Assembly in December 2009
in the by-election after her husband`s death. She never
entered the House though she remained a member till November
2010 when she resigned from her post and also quit the
Vijaya was re-elected from Pulivendula in the second
by-election in May 2011 on behalf of YSR Congress, of which
she is the honorary president. She is the lone member of YSR
Congress in the 294-member AP Assembly though about 20
Congress MLAs are unofficially sailing with her party.