NALLU INDRASENA REDDY
NATIONAL EXECUTIVE MEMBER AND EX-MLA OF BJP
Nallu Indrasena Reddy was born in 1949 at Ganugabanda village, Tungaturthi mandal, Nalgonda district in a middle class farmer family. Those were turbulent times in Telangana, Nizam’s cruel regime was just ended. His father, Ram Reddy had participated in the freedom struggle and was arrested... Their house was demolished by the Razakars.
He had his primary education in Pasnur village. Later he shifted to Hyderabad. He had his secondary school education in Kesava Memorial High School and graduation from City College. He did his M.Sc., in Mathematics with distinction in 1973 from Osmania University and joined as research scholar with CSIR fellowship under Prof.B.Kesava Rao, PG Centre, Warangal. He passed the Pre-PhD examination. Indira Gandhi’s Emergency curtailed his academic career.
Indrasena Reddy was attracted by the RSS at a young age of 14 while he was in High School. Late Sridhar, an RSS pracharak who later worked in tribal areas and Dr.Surender Reddy, who presently looking after the health care programmes of RSS in the slums of Hyderabad largely influenced him. He was very active in all RSS activities and underwent all training programmes. He did not miss a single discourse of Shri Guruji Golwalkar during 1963-73, whenever the latter visited Hyderabad.
When ABVP began its activities in Andhra Pradesh in 1967, he joined the national student movement. He was largely responsible for the growth and spread of ABVP, particularly in Telangana region. He was the Secretary of Hyderabad City unit from 1970-to 1977.
ABVP’s growth in A.P. was phenomenal. It swept the elections to the Osmania University Students’ Union (OUSU), a federal body of all unions in Telangana, in 1967 and in 1968 dislodging the NSUI. The latter controlled the OUSU for decades. Unable to bear the loss of influence, the NSUI roped in the Naxal elements into its fold who were just rearing their head. Indrasena Reddy played a key role in resisting the violent politics of NSUI-Naxal combine in OU campus. On December 15, 1973, two naxal activists, N.Venktaramani and Anirudha Sengupta seriously stabbed him in front of Arts College OU Campus. His life was saved because he was rushed immediately to The Gandhi Hospital and was operated upon.
In 1975 ABVP joined the anti-corruption agitation lead by Lok Nayak Jayaprakash Narain. In Andhra Pradesh, Indrasena Reddy became one of the two conveners of Chatra Sangharsha Samiti of the JP Movement (Sri M.Venkaiah Naidu was the other convener). Indrasena Reddy had the unique honor of presiding over a mass meeting of the Chatra Sangharsha Samiti held in Mahaboob College, Secunderabad addressed by Sri Jaya Prakash Narain on 2 May 1975. When emergency was imposed on 25 June 1975, Indrasena Reddy went underground and organized resistance to the dictatorship of Indira Gandhi. He was arrested under MISA in May 1976 in Mahaboobnagar while taking part in an underground meeting. He was released from jail only after the announcement of elections in January 1977.
Soon after Indrasena Reddy had left student activism and his academic career and plunged into active politics. He became general Secretary of the youth wing of newly formed Janata Party. He toured Telangana districts along with Sri Morarji Desai during 1977 March election campaign. In 1980 he contested to Lok Sabha from Nalgonda Constituency as a Janata Party candidate.
When Bharatiya Janata Party was formed in April 1980, he joined it and became General Secretary of State Yuva Morcha. Later he held the positions, president of State BJYM and General Secretary of All India BJYM.
He was treasurer, Vice President of State BJP and was State President from 2003-2006. He was all India Secretary from 2007-2010 and member of National Executive since 2010. He was in charge of Sikkim from 2010-2013.
Indrasena Reddy was elected as MLA 3 times first in 1983 at the age of 33 defeating the then Home Minister K.Prabhakar Reddy, in 1985 the then Chief Minister Sri Nadendla Bhaskar Rao from Malakpet in Hyderabad. He was elected again in 1999 and became the floor leader of BJP in the assembly.
Indrasena Reddy was largely responsible for the development of former Malapet constituency (now it is spread into four constituencies – Malakpet, LB Nagar, Maheswaram and Ibrahimptnam). In 1983 there was no electricity in several villages and no underground drainage even in colonies such as P & T Colony High Court Colony etc. He brought power, underground drainage, roads, street lighting etc. to erstwhile Malakpet constituency.
He led several agitations to ameliorate people’s problems. He fought for house sites for weaker sections. He led an agitation in 1994 and sat on hunger strike for 9 days against the occupation of Umerkhangunta tank and illegal occupation of assigned lands by Sanghi Industries in Hayatnagar mandal.
As part State Party’s “Grama Gramaniki Godavari-Krishna Jalalu” agitation in February 1999, he led the padayatra for Polavaram Project from Polavaram in West Godavari district up to Vijayawada, a distance of 175 km. He also led one of the four Sasyashyamala Yatras namely from Tirupati to Warangal in October 2002.
During his tenure as state president he took the issues of farmers. He organized an unprecedented state Bandh on 30 November 2005 exposing the rural strife.
He sat on hunger strike for 8 days protesting against the construction of Babli project within the reservoir area of Sriramsagar Project by Maharashtra Government.
He took a yatra for Telangana from Yadagirigutta to Devarakonda for 20 days demanding Telangana State.
He played an active role in the restoration democracy when Governor Ramlal dismissed Shri N.T.Rama Rao Government in 1984.