Neelam Sanjiva Reddy
The late President of India Neelam Sanjeeva Reddy was born on May 18, 1913, at Illur, Anantpur, Andhra Pradesh, India. Neelam Sanjiva Reddy was appointed as the secretary of Andhra Provincial Congress Committee in 1937 and later became the chairman of the All India Congress Committee. Shri Reddy was elected to the Madras Legislaltive Assembly in 1946. The following year he was made the Secretary of Madras Congress Legislature Party. He became a Member of the Indian Constituent Assembly in 1947.
He played a priceless role in bringing together the leaders of Telangana and Andhra which resulted in the creation of Andhra Pradesh in 1956. He conducted the events of the Lower House of the Parliament with politeness and modesty in the span of 1967-1969. He was again selected as the Lok Sabha member and collectively chosen as the Speaker of the house in 1977. He did not continue in that position for long. On July 25, 1977 he was elected unrestricted as the President of India.
He was made the minister for Prohibition, Housing and Forests in of Madras. He won the President ship of the Andhra Pradesh congress committee. During this period with the death of his five year old son in a motor accident Shri Reddy suffered a terrible tragedy. He resigned the President ship due to this tragedy, later on which he was convinced to take back the resignation.
From January 1966 to March 1967, Neelam sangiva Reddy designated to several ministries like Transport, Civil Aviation, Shipping and Tourism from the Cabinet. On March 17, 1967, he was elected for the Speaker post of Lok Sabha where he won unmatched approval and respect.
1975 was the year in which Sanjiva Reddy entered active politics again besides Shri Jayaprakash Narayan. He fought the Lok Sabha election from Nandyal constituency in Andhra Pradesh on behalf of Janata Party. He was the only non-Congress candidate to get elected from Andhra Pradesh. On March 26, 1977, he was collectively elected as a Speaker of the Lok Sabha.
In July 1977, Sanjiva Reddy was elected as the President by the electoral college, and was the only person to be elected President of India unrestricted. The nation heard of his demise on June 1, 1996.