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SABITHA INDRA REDDY

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Published On: September 27, 2021 at 19:16 IST

Minister of State for Education in Government of Telangana

NAME – Patlolla Sabitha Indra Reddy

PROFESSION- Politician

BORN – 05/ 05/1963

PLACE OF BIRTH – Tandur

FATHER’S NAME –  G. Mahipal Reddy

MOTHER’S NAME –  Venkatamma

SPOUSE –  P. Indra Reddy

SIBLINGS –  02

CHILDREN –  03

EDUCATION –  High School from Bhagya Memorial girls High School at Chadergarh.

B.Sc. from Sri Vani Women’s degree college, Hyderabad.

POLITICAL AFFILIATIONS/PARTY- Telangana Rashtra Samithi

OFFICIAL WEBSITE – N/A

REMARKABLE ACHIEVEMENT- Sabitha held the position of Minister for Mines and Geology in the former government.

She was the first female Home Minister of a state in India.

She is an undefeated four-time Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA). She was elected twice each from Chevella and Maheshwaram after delimitation.

The time of covid that affected all sections of society, especially students, Sabitha launched the eCalcus app to provide free online classes containing video lessons from pre-school to JEE and NEET aspirants.

AWARDS – No

BACKGROUND –  Patlolla Sabitha Indra Reddy is an Indian politician who is the current Minister of State for Education of Telangana, additionally Member of the Telangana Legislative Assembly from Maheshwaram constituency. She Joined TRS Party in 2019. She became the first woman Home Minister of any Indian Government after the late CM Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy allocated that portfolio to her. She is also the first women minister for Telangana. She has been a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Andhra Pradesh for two terms from Chevella assembly constituency and two times for Maheshwaram constituency.

Sabitha was born on 5 May 1963 at Tandur to G. Mahipal Reddy and Venkatamma. She is eldest of three siblings. She has a younger sister and a brother. She studied till middle school in Tandur and then moved to Hyderabad for higher education, she studied at Bhagya Memorial Girls High School at Chaderghat. She completed her education till B.Sc from Sri Vani Womens degree college, Hyderabad.

She was married to P. Indra Reddy (1954–2000) who was the Home Minister in N. T. Rama Rao’s Cabinet. She was married right after her education at a young age of 20 years. The couple has three sons. She met Indra Reddy through a relative when he was the Law College President at Osmania University. Indra Reddy was a very popular leader who carried a cult image in Telangana. After his demise in a road accident, Sabitha a widow at the age of 37 began to foray into politics.

MAJOR INITIATIVES- Medicine from the Sky.

CAREER TIMELINE/ POSITIONS HELD –  2000: She was pushed into politics through this elections as her husband had passed away. In this election, she contested on a Congress ticket from Chevella MLA constituency against KLR who is an industrialist and politician. In this election, through her husband’s name, the sympathy of his death and her commitment to work for the people she won the election with a whopping 29,909 votes majority.

2004: This election, she showed her hard-working nature to her constituents. In this election, she beat the TDP candidate by bettering her previous margin from Chevella. This time she won with a majority of 41,585 votes. Consequently, YSR inculcated her into the Cabinet as Minister of Mines and Geology.

2009: This election happened just after the constituency delimitation. As a result of this, her bastion Chevella constituency was changed to be an SC-reserved constituency. This resulted in her changing her constituency to the newly formed Maheshwaram (Assembly constituency). Though she moved few days prior to the election to the new constituency, she beat the local stalwart Teegala Krishna Reddy by a margin of 8000 votes. Thus, she became the first female Home Minister of Andhra Pradesh and a first female home minister to any state in India.

2014: Sabitha did not contest the elections though she was the favorite to win the seat from Maheshwaram. She was denied a Congress ticket as the Indian National Congress decided to give the ticket to only one member of the family. Her son Karthik Reddy contested from Chevella Parliamentary constituency and lost marginally to the then Telangana Rashtra Samithi Candidate. Many of her followers criticized the Congress Party as it was a hypocritical move, keeping in mind that Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi contest elections as a mother-son duo.

2018: After 4 years in the opposition and struggle for the Congress Party, Sabitha’s good work was recognized by the constituents of the Maheshwaram Assembly. This time even the Congress Party gave her the ticket but at the cost of her son’s ticket from Rajendranagar (Assembly constituency). Instead, Karthik was promised the Chevella MP ticket by the Congress Party’s 3-member committee (consisting of Bhaktha charandas, Ahmed Patel & D.K Shivakumar), which was not fulfilled later. However, they sacrificed one ticket and Sabitha won the election over sitting MLA Teegala Krishna Reddy by a margin of 9,227 votes.

CONTROVERSIES/CASES – No

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