Gangapuram Kishan Reddy, who was promoted to the cabinet rank on Wednesday, will be assuming charge as Development of Northeastern Region (DoNER) minister on Thursday.

Reddy the only face in the Narendra Modi government from the two Telugu states—Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

One of the prominent faces of the BJP in Telangana, Reddy is a first-term MP from Secunderabad.

60-year-old Reddy, who also served as three-time MLA, has been associated with BJP since its inception.

He began his political career as an ordinary party worker and came up in the organisation through sheer hard work and determination.

He had served as BJP floor leader in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh Assemblies.

Hailing from Ranga Reddy district, Reddy was born in a middle-class farmers’ family in 1960.

The senior BJP leader obtained a diploma in tool designs from the Central Institute of Tool Designs in Hyderabad.

He was first elected to the Andhra Pradesh Assembly in 2004 from the Himayatnagar constituency in Hyderabad.

After the delimitation of constituencies in 2009, he contested from Amberpet and went on to win two terms as MLA from the constituency.

Reddy will succeed Dr. Jitendra Singh in the DoNER ministry.

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