Yeduguri Sandinti Jaganmohan Reddy, commonly known as Jaganmohan Reddy is an Indian politician and the current Leader of Opposition in the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly. He is famously known as the son of former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy. He started his political career by campaigning for the Congress party in 2004 elections in Kapada District and in the 2009 elections he was elected as Member of Parliament from Kapada Constituency as a member of the Indian National Congress. However, his political career took a new innings with the demise of his father, Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy ("YSR"). His relationship with the Indian National Congress (INC) continuously deteriorated after his father's death. He is a member and the current president of YSR Congress Party.
Born on 21st December in 1972 in Pulivenda village of Kapada district in Andhra Pradesh, he was born to Y.S. Rajashekhara Reddy and Vijayalaxmi. Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy received his early education from Hyderabad Public School in Pulivendula and later obtained his Master's degree in Business Administration. While in college, he took active part in sports, excelled in Cricket and won several shields at various Inter-collegiate tournaments. He is the founder of the Telugu language daily newspaper titled Sakshi as well as television channel titled Sakshi TV. His first entry into politics was in the 2004 2004 elections in Kapada District where he contested on behalf of the Indian National Congress. He contested and won the 2009 election from the same district and was elected as a Member of Parliament. However, things started to sour between him and the Indian National Congress party and deteriorated further after the sudden demise of his father, Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy. The change in the dynamics of the party seemed to increase and he then became the President of YSR Congress and faced the by-election from the Kapada Constituency, comfortably winning the election by a margin of 545,043 votes. Six months after his father's death, he began an 'Odarpu Yatra' (condolence tour) as promised earlier to go and meet the families of those alleged to have either committed suicide or suffered ill health on the news of his father's death. The Congress Party's central leadership directed him to call off his intended 'yatra' but he blatantly defined the order, driving the final nail in the rift between himself and the party high command. He went ahead with the yatra, stating that it was a personal matter.
The fallout with the INC led to Jagan Reddy resigning from the Congress party and vacating his seat on 29th November 2010. On 7th December 2010, he announced that he would be starting a new party within 45 days and later in March 2011, he formed YSR Congress. The new party went to polls in Kapada District and won the seat with huge majority. He has been in controversies for his declaration of assets. Y.S.R. Reddy's election declaration of 2004 included tax returns showing Jagan's assets at Rs. 9.2 lakh, out of total family assets of Rs. 50 lakhs. In April 2009, Jagan revealed total assets of Rs. 77 crores, and by 2011 this has allegedly increased to amount Rs. 365 crore. In August 2011, the Andhra Pradesh High Court, based on preliminary report by the CBI, ordered a thorough probe. In addition to the CBI, the (CAG) and the Indian Revenue System have been probing the corruption charges, Later He was arrested and in jail for 16 months. He was then arrested by CBI and his judicial custody was extended repeatedly as the investigation proceeded. He then appealed in Supreme Court but the Supreme Court also dismissed his petition. Meanwhile, the CBI filed a further charge-sheet against him 17 September 2013. The new charge-sheet relate to the Sandur power and Lepakshi knowledge hub which were floated by Jagan in which the latter received huge investments on a quid pro quo arrangement while his father was chief minister (2004 to 2009). After the filing of this chargesheet, the court granted him bail on the grounds that most of the investigation in the case was completed.
Reddy is also known for his role during the Telangana movement. He was in jail during the movement and he then started a hunger strike in jail itself opposing United Progressive Alliance's decision of creating a separation of Telangana state. After 125 hours of indefinite hunger strike, his sugar levels and blood pressure were down. He was moved to hospital; for treatment. His mother, MLA Vijayamma was also on hunger strike protesting the formation of Telangana out of Andhra Pradesh. After his release, Reddy called for a 72 hour bandh protesting the formation of Telangana. Both Jagan and his mother have resigned from their legislatures opposing the Telangana decision.
Jaganmohan Reddy got married to 28th August 1996 to Bharathi Reddy and he has two daughters.