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Sarojini Pulla Reddy

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Residence  Bowenpally, Hyderabad
Died  3 February 2013, India
Religion  Hindu
Party  Indian National Congress
Political party  Indian National Congress
Spouse(s)  Dr. Pulla Reddy Bolumpalli

Sarojini Pulla Reddy was the first woman Mayor of Hyderabad Municipal Corporation, veteran Indian National Congress leader and former minister of Andhra Pradesh.

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Early life

Sarojini Pulla Reddy was born on 22 February 1923 to Konda Reddy and Anusuya Reddy in Mahbubnagar, Hyderabad State (now Telangana).

Career

Sarojini Pulla Reddy joined the Indian National Congress party in 1963 and in 1964 won a seat in the municipal elections. She was the first woman Mayor of Hyderabad Municipal Corporation from 1965 to 1966. She was elected to the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly twice from Malakpet constituency, in 1967 and 1972, but lost in 1978 by a narrow margin of 1,000 votes. She became the first chairperson of Hyderabad Urban Development Authority in 1975. She was nominated to the Legislative Council and inducted into the cabinet by then chief minister Marri Chenna Reddy in 1979.

Reddy served as Municipal Administration minister, Information and Public Relations and Women and Child Welfare ministries between 1978-82 in the cabinets of Tanguturi Anjaiah, Bhavanam Venkatarami Reddy and Kotla Vijaya Bhaskara Reddy.

Reddy was the first woman to be president of the Hyderabad Congress Committee. She had a stint as a general secretary of the Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee during Jalagam Vengala Rao's stewardship. Later on, she was vice-president of the APCC under successive PCC chiefs. She was a member of the Congress Working Committee, the highest policy-making body of the party in 2001.

Personal life

Reddy married Dr. Pulla Reddy Bolumpalli in 1945. The couple had a son. She died on February 3rd, 2013 at her Bowenpally residence due to pancreatic cancer. She was cremated with state honours.

References

Sarojini Pulla Reddy Wikipedia


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