Y. S. Rajashekar Reddy
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Y. S. Rajashekar Reddy
Who is YSR?
Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy (8 July 1949 – 2 September 2009),
popularly known as YSR, was a two-time Chief Minister of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, serving from 2004 to 2009. He has been viewed as the most popular chief minister of Andhra Pradesh. His popularity is often attributed to various welfare schemes and development programs he championed for the people of his state. In the words of Yahoo 'YSR was a mass leader who ruled the hearts of people in Andhra Pradesh'. The BBC called him a champion of social welfare schemes.

He was elected to the 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12thLokSabha from theKadapaconstituency
for four terms and to the Andhra Pradesh Assembly for five terms from the Pulivendula constituency. His candidature won every election he contested.In 2003 he undertook a three-month-long paadayaatra, or walking tour of 1475 km during the very hot summer months, across several districts in Andhra Pradesh as a part of his election campaign.He led his party to victory in the following general and assembly elections held in 2004. He repeated the feat in 2009. He is the only chief minister of AP to have come back to power after being in office for a full term.

On 2 September 2009, a helicopter carrying Reddy went missing in theNallamala forest area. On the morning of 3 September 2009, media reported that the helicopter wreckage had been found on top of Rudrakonda Hill, 40 nautical miles (74 km) from Kurnool. This was later confirmed by the Prime Minister’s Office. Five people aboard this ill-fated helicopter were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.