He served as the CM of Andhra Pradesh from 2004 to 2009.
Two times Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Yeduguri Sandinti Rajasekhara Reddy, popularly known as YSR, is known for his abrasive politics. He started his political career as the president of the students union during his college days. A fitness fanatic and a weightlifter in his younger days, he literally became a heavyweight in Andhra politics by defeating his opponents.
The Telugu speaking state of Andhra Pradesh reached new heights under the leadership of YSR. He was one of the most cherished leaders of all time and these things define why he was called the 'people's leader'.
1. Before becoming the CM, YSR covered all the backward areas of the state listening and solving people's problems during his 1475 km long padayatra.
2. In 2004, on the first day of his tenure, he provided free electricity to farmers, which was a campaign project.
3. Being a doctor by profession, he proved why he was more popular among masses with his fingers on the public pulse by curing many people.
4. As the CM, he gave full reimbursement of college fees for the underprivileged and also provided reservation for minorities.
5. It was his government that became a role model in implementing the central government's flagship program National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGA) which provided employment to many.
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6. He also made efforts to reduce the violent cause by extremist left-wing Naxalite movement, which was once rampant in the state.
7. Apart from all this, he started free public ambulance service for the poor, initiated a health insurance program, constructed heavily subsidised houses for rural poor and extensively enhanced the agriculture of the state.
He always strived to improve the dignity of the farmers and helped them live a happy life. He spent his entire life understanding the issues of the poor and resolving them. Unlike other politicians, he focused more on agriculture, irrigation, and rural development than urban. He was always considered as a leader of the poor, for the poor and with the poor. His deeds as a politician and his helping nature is still remembered by the people of Andhra Pradesh.