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S Jaipal Reddy

His friends say he is always prepared to answer a question. This time he wins Miryalguda seat on a Congress ticket.

india Updated: Nov 19, 2005 16:13 IST

His friends say he is always prepared to answer a question. AICC spokesman S Jaipal Reddy is one of the trusted lieutenants of the Congress president. This time he wins Miryalguda seat on a Congress ticket.

A former Information and Broadcasting Minister, Reddy won the best parliamentarian award in 2000.

He had started off with the hope of becoming a journalist. But by the time he had completed a bachelor's degree in journalism from Osmania University in Hyderabad, he was deep into politics. At 23, he was president of the Andhra Pradesh Youth Congress. And at the age of 26, he was elected to the state assembly from Kalwakurthi seat.

A bitter critic of Indira Gandhi during the Emergency, Reddy quit the Congress and joined the Janata Party in 1977. But his first attempt at a Lok Sabha seat from Medak was unceremoniously dashed by none other than Gandhi, who defeated him by a huge margin in 1980. Reddy eventually entered Parliament for the first time in 1984 from Mahbubnagar and became a prominent member of the Janata Dal in the United Front coalition at the Centre five years later.

First Published: Nov 19, 2005 16:13 IST