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Profiles of new Ministers

By Our Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD, MAY 22. The following are the profiles of the Ministers in the Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy Cabinet:

K. Rosaiah: He has vast political and ministerial experience behind him. Now 70, Mr. Rosaiah began his political career in 1968, getting elected to the erstwhile Legislative Council. A native of Vemugu in Guntur district, a graduate from Hindu College of Andhra University, Mr. Rosaiah is synonymous with finance and energy though he has handled a variety of subjects such as Home, Legislative Affairs, Roads & Buildings, Medical and Health and Transport in the Cabinets of M. Channa Reddy, T. Anjaiah, K. Vijayabhaskara Reddy, and N. Janardhan Reddy from 1979 to 1992 with gaps in between.

Koneru Ranga Rao: Mr. Ranga Rao, 69, is from Gudavalli in Krishna district and one of the four children of his parents. A Scheduled Caste leader and a graduate, he earlier served the State as deputy Chief Minister, and as Minister dealing with Home, Social Welfare, Housing, Municipal Administration. He represents Tiruvur (SC).

J. C. Diwakar Reddy: For Mr. Diwakar Reddy, 49, a household name in Tadipatri in Anantapur district, this is his fifth stint as MLA and second time as Minister, having handled earlier Information and Pubic Relations & Roads and Buildings.

D. Srinivas: Mr. Srinivas, 55, is a law graduate. He served the Congress party from 1989 in various capacities, the latest being PCC presidentship. He served different Congress Cabinets earlier, handling BC Welfare, Information & Public Relations, Rural Development and Sericulture.

K. Jana Reddy: Mr. Jana Reddy, 57, is from an agriculture family of Anumuluru in Nalgonda district. He represents again Chilakurthy constituency. The subjects dealt by him ranged from Roads & Buildings, Forests, Animal Husbandry, Weights and Measures to Transport and Panchayat Raj.

Ponnala Laksmaiah: Mr. Lakshmaiah, 60, an engineering graduate from the U.S., worked as Minister but for only one year 1991-92.

Kanna Lakshminarayana: He comes from a political family in the Pedakurapadu area of Guntur district and he has weathered several political storms during his long career. In the just-concluded elections, his rival candidate was D. C. Revathi, wife of D. C. Rosaiah, Revenue Secretary.

D. S. Redya Naik: Mr. Naik, 51, began his career in 1981 as sarpanch of his village in Warangal district. He was first elected MLA in 1994 from Dornakal, the constituency which he represents now too.

N. Raghuveera Reddy: Mr. Reddy, 47, described as right hand man of the Chief Minister, is from Neelakantapuram in Madakasira mandal of Anantapur district. The name's suffix is misleading in that he is a BC by caste.

Mulinti Mareppa: Mr. Mareppa, representing Alur in Kurnool is not only an engineer but a poet. He first became legislator in 1999 and before that he worked as Youth Congress president and PCC general secretary.

Dharmana Prasada Rao: He is from Mabagam in Srikakulam district. Mr. Prasada Rao's political career began with the post of sarpanch. He was the only Congres member elected from the district in 1999.

J. Geeta Reddy: Dr. Reddy, 56, is the daughter of Eswari Bai, leader of the Republican Party Of India. She was a Minister on earlier occasions looking after Social Welfare, Secondary Education and Tourism.

M. Satyanarayana Rao: Mr. Rao, 70, is from Vedia in Karimnagar district and a law graduate. A former MP, he was the PCC chief before D. Srinivas took charge.

Mohd. Ali Shabbir: Mr. Shabbir, 47, is a big name in Kamareddy in Nizamabad district which he represents now. This is his second stint as Minister.

G. Vinod: Among of the freshers of the Cabinet, G. Vinod, 44, is the son of the senior Congress leader, G. Venkataswamy. Till he was elected from Chennur (SC) constituency in Adilabad district in the just-concluded elections, he was a political non-entity though he worked as the PCC secretary.

Gollapalli Surya Rao: Representing Allavaram in East Godavari, Surya Rao, 52, was a Minister for Cooperation on an earlier occasion.

P. Venkateswara Rao: Venkateswara Rao, 45, comes from an established political family of agriculturists in Vijayawada headed by his father, Koteswara Rao, ZP chairman. He was first elected to the Assembly in 1989. Belonging to Rudrapaka, he now represents Mudinepalli, bastion of Y. Sitadevi of Telugu Desam.

J. Rammohan Rao: A political victim in Rajahmundry area, Rammohan Rao, 50, facing many a stalwart from other parties, including Gorantla Butchaiah Chowdary. He led several agitations highlighting several public issues and was arrested on many occasions. He represents Kadiam, his ageold constituency.

N. Rajyalakshmi: Rajyalakshmi, 62, is wife of the former Chief Minister, N. Janardhan Reddy, and she heads a number of educational institutions run by the family in Vakadu area in Nellore district. Now representing Venkatagiri, she has "gardening, reading and social work" as her hobbies.

Mohd. Fareeduddin: Mohd Fareedudin, 46, is a sportsman from Hothi. B in Medak district. He began his political career as the village sarpanch. He later became the chairman of the Zaheerabad primary agriculture cooperative society.

P. Sabita Reddy: P. Sabita Reddy from Chevella carries forward the mission of her husband, Indra Reddy, who associated himself with peoples' issues either in Telugu Desam or Congress. At 41, she is the youngest member of the present Cabinet unless replaced later by another under the second expansion.

Satrucherla Vijayarama Raju: Satrucherla Vijayarama Raju, 56, is from Chinnamedangi in Vizianagaram district. A five-time MLA from Parvatipuram having done his PUC, he states "gardening" as his hobby. Aptly, he is given the portfolio of Forests, something to deal with trees.

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