Early Life of S. Jaipal Reddy
Sudini Jaipal Reddy was born on 16th January 1942 to father Late Shri Durga Reddy and mother Yashodamma in Nermatta village, Andhra Pradesh. He has an M.A in English and Bachelor of Journalism and is educated at Osmania University, Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh). Being physically handicapped he uses crutches.
Political Career of S. Jaipal Reddy
Jaipal started his political career with the Congress and in the late sixties; he headed the Youth Congress unit of Andhra Pradesh. In 1969, he became Andhra PCC General Secretary and held the office for three years.
He was an MLA of Andhra Pradesh for four times in between 1969 and 1984 representing Kalwakurthy constituency. To protest against the Emergency, he quit the Congress Party and joined the Janata Party in 1977. In the 1980 Lok Sabha election, he contested against Indira Gandhi from Medak. From 1985 to 1988, he was the general secretary of the Janata Party. He was selected to the Lok Sabha four times: the 8th Lok Sabha in 1984 (in alliance with TDP), the 12th in 1998 (again as ally of TDP), the 13th in 1999 (as a member of the Congress Party) and the 14th in 2004 (as a member of the Congress Party). On two occasions, 1990-1996 and 1997-1998, he was also a member of the Rajya Sabha. For a year from June 1991 to June 1992, he also carried the position of leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha. In 1999-2000, he became the Chairman of Committee of Privileges. In the government under I. K. Gujral, he served as the Minister for Information and Broadcasting on two occasions: in 1997-1998 and from 2004 under Manmohan Singh with additional responsibility for Culture.
Though Jaipal Reddy's tenure in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting was too short but he tried to revive the two powerful medium the All India Radio and the Doordarshan, possibly for the first time, from the chokehold of officialdom. To ensure objectivity ended with the change of government, he attempted to grant complete autonomy to the two powerful media.
As the member of 14th Lok Sabha of India, he represented the Miryalguda constituency of Andhra Pradesh and became a member of the Indian National Congress as he returned in the parent organization. He also worked as the spokesman for a number of parties. He is also credited as the youngest parliamentarian to receive the Outstanding Parliamentarian Award in 1998.
Personal Life of S. Jaipal Reddy
S. Jaipal Reddy is married to Lakshmi since 7th May 1960 and the couple has two sons and a daughter.
Positions Held by S. Jaipal Reddy
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