Former MLA Anam Vivekananda Reddy expired
Former MLA and senior leader Anam Vivekananda Reddy passed away aged 67 following a prolonged illness, at a super speciality hospital in Hyderabad on Wednesday morning. Hailing from a long-standing political family, he served in different capacities, including the post of Nellore municipal chairman. He got elected as MLA for the first time in 1999 and thereafter in 2004 and 2009.
In the 2014 elections, Vivekananda Reddy did not contest elections but his elder son Anam Chenchu Subba Reddy contested unsuccessfully from Nellore Town assembly segment on a Congress ticket. In the post-bifurcation AP politics, Vivekananda Reddy, along with his brother and former minister Ramanarayana Reddy left Congress Party and joined the ruling Telugu Desam Party.
Several politicians including, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu expressed his deep condolences over his death. “TDP leader Anam Vivekananda Reddy’s death has saddened me. I wish that his soul rests in peace. My deep condolences and sympathies to his family,” Naidu tweeted.
Vivekananda Reddy was considered as a strongman in Nellore politics. As per the report Reddy belonged to the influential Anam family from Andhra Pradesh’s Nellore district and his family has had many politicians. His father Anam Venkata Reddy, his uncle, Anam Chenchu Subba Reddy and brother Anam Ramanarayana Reddy were also part of politics. Vivekananda Reddy’s brother Anam Ramanarayana Reddy served as a Minister in the cabinets of YS Rajasekhara Reddy, K Rosaiah and Kiran Kumar Reddy in united Andhra Pradesh.