Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy was born on 8th of July in 1949 at Jammalamadugu, Andhra Pradesh. His Father's name was Y. S. Raja Reddy and mother's name was Jayamma. He started his schooling in Bellary and graduated in medical science with degree from MRMC (Mahadevappa Rampure Medical College), Gulbarga University, Karnataka, and he completed his House Surgeonship at S.V. Medical College in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh. He was elected as leader of the House Surgeon's Association at S.V. Medical College in Tirupati.
Y S Rajasekhara reddy married to Vijayalakshmi. The couple has a son, Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, who is also a politician, and a daughter, Sharmila. His younger brother Y. S. Vivekananda Reddy is also an INC politician.
Y S Rajasekhar contested from pulivendula Congress Party and won in 1978. Later he changed his party to the Indira Congress. From 1980 to 1983 he was a minister, he holds important portfolios - Education, Medical Health, and Rural Development under T.Anjaiah Cabinet. He was elected four times to the Lower House from Kadapa constituency. He was also elected to the Andhra Pradesh State Assembly six times from Pulivendula constituency. He was the leader for five years in the opposition party in the Andhra Pradesh State Assembly. As an MLA, Reddy was influent in attaining water from the Tungabhadra River for the PBC (Pulivendula Branch Canal) and fought many times for several projects such as Rayalaseema Thermal Power Plant (RTPP) at Muddanur and Proddatur Milk Foods (PMF) and its accessories.
- Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh from 2009 till 2009.
- Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh from 2004 till 2009.
- Education Minister from 1982 till 1983.
- Excise Minister in 1982.
- Minister of State for Rural Development from 1980 till 1982.
In 2003, he led a 1400 km long Padayatra covering the backward areas in the state to understand the living conditions and ground realities of the people who live there. He gave life to the Congress Party in Andhra Pradesh. As an amateur in the legislature, he assembled all the MLAs from the Congress, Rayalaseema region and led an unlimited hunger strike demanding solution to the water crisis. In Kurnool district, Reddy led a Padayatra from Lepakshi to Pothireddipadu. This lead the congress party to a land slides victory in the assembly elections in 2004 when he won 186 seats in the state assembly.
As Chief Minister
Being the Chief Minister, Dr. Y.S.Rajasekhara Reddy stands as the real example for the down-to-earth administrative expanse while easily serving the interests of the people at large.
Apart from various schemes, his governance stood as the vital role model in carrying out the central governments flagship program ‘the NREGA'. The main effect of his tenure was on social welfare with a majority of his schemes targeting in the improvement of the lively hood of the rural areas. BBC has called him a champion of social welfare schemes.
It was wednesday, 2nd of September 2009 at 9:35 am that Reddy's Bell 430 helicopter went missing and the Air Traffic controllers lost their contact with the aircraft at 9:02 am while they were passing through the Nallamala forest area. The Chief Secretary of Andhra Pradesh, P. Ramakanth Reddy, said the cold weather had forced the helicopter off-course. Even though the thick populated forest area is considered to be stronghold of the outlawed Naxal communist insurgents, the National Security Advisor of India ruled out the possibility of the Naxals bringing down the helicopter.
The Indian Prime Minister's Office confirmed that the helicopter was crashed in the morning on 3rd of September 2009. The death of all aboard, which include Reddy, M. S. Reddy (Captain), A. S. C. Wesley (chief security officer), S. K. Bhatia (Group Captain). The Director General of Police said that the bodies of Reddy and others were charred beyond recognition and had to be identified on the basis of clothing. The postmortem of all the bodies was done at Kurnool Medical College.
After all, investigation come to an end that the main factors for the caused that crash included the fact that the crew member became focus for more than six minute, trying to find the main problem with their transmission oil pressure system, and soon they became confused from the diminish weather. It was also noted that the pilots never discussed the bad weather returning to base. Reddy's body was buried on 4th of September 2009 at Idupulapaya in Kadapa district.