Kinjarapu Yerran Naidu, former MP and ex-union minister belonging to the Chandrababu Naidu-led TDP, died in a road accident on Friday.
The key leader of the principal opposition party in Andhra Pradesh was returning home in Srikakulam after attending a wedding reception in Visakhapatnam. Of the five others travelling with him in the ill-fated SUV, the condition of two is said to be critical. The mishap occurred when the leader’s SUV hit an oil tanker.
The 55-year old was a senior leader of TDP and had been a four-time MP till 2004. He was attacked allegedly by Maoists in 2004 during the then election campaign and was confined to bed for many months.
However, for the first time in his political career since 1983 Naidu, he was defeated in 2009 by Killi Krupa Rani, an MP recently inducted into the union cabinet. Naidu was a rural development minister at the Centre during 1996-98.
Yerran Naidu was one of the two petitioners in the Andhra Pradesh high court seeking a probe into the assets of Kadapa MP and former AP chief minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy’s son YS Jagan Mohan Reddy. It was based on this application, the high court had ordered a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation and the investigating agency had arrested Jagan in May 2012.
Yerran Naidu, after blessing the couple at the wedding reception in Vizag, was on his way back to Srikakulam. At about 2 am, the vehicle carrying him, his gunman and three other leaders of the TDP hit an oil tanker that was taking a right turn at a cross road from behind. The driver of the SUV could not control the vehicle and rammed into the rear of the tanker.
According to sources, the vehicle carrying Naidu was travelling at a speed of about 80 kmph and the driver of the vehicle had suddenly noticed the tanker ahead of them taking a right turn without switching on the indicators.