The sole Minister from Telugu States

M Somasekar | | Updated on: May 31, 2019

BJP MP from Secunderabad in Telangana G Kishan Reddy takes oath as Union minister during the swearing-in ceremony | Photo Credit: -

Luck smiled on 55-year-old G Kishan Reddy, who lost the Assembly elections in December 2018, came back with an impressive win in the Lok Sabha elections to the Secunderabad constituency and made it to the Cabinet of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, all in under six months.

The hard-working, three-time MLA, who was the State President of the BJP in Telangana, and a first time MP is the only minister from the two Telugu States. There were three – Bandaru Dattatreya (BJP) from Telangana, P Ashok Gajapati Raju and YS Chowdhary of the Telugu Desam Party, in the previous ministry.

Kishan Reddy is one of the four BJP MPs to get elected from Telangana in a surprise and impressive performance of the party in the April-May general elections. The party, however, failed to win even a single seat from AP.

Kishan Reddy’s induction is expected to boost the party cadre morale.

According to BJP insiders, like his predecessor Bandaru Dattatreya, Kishan Reddy has a wide reach among people, including the minorities, in Hyderabad. From his days in the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, Kishan Reddy has good rapport with Narendra Modi. During one Assembly tenure in the United AP, he was the lone member from the BJP.

Published on May 31, 2019
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