He entered active politics in 1978 and was elected to the state assembly from Pulivendula. He served as state minister from 1980 to 1983 and retained the assembly seat in 1983 even when NTR swept to power with a historic victory. Sensing a potential leader in him, then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi appointed YSR as a President of the state unit of Congress when he was only 34. In 1989, he was elected to the Lok Sabha from Kadapa and held the seat till 1999, when he shifted again to state politics. From 1998 to 2000, he again served as President of the state Congress.
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File photo: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy with Congress president Sonia Gandhi
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