Sabitha Indra Reddy became the first woman Home Minister of the State today. The Chief Minister went against the norm, dolling out a key portfolio to a female, which makes her second in rank in the cabinet. Read more and see video here.

Sabita Reddy was named the first home minister of the state today. Her appointment is being viewed as a sign of appreciation for the good luck she brought chief minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy. In 2003 the chief minister took her on as a “chellamma (sister)” and inducted her as the mines minster. He held all programs, including election campaigns, from Chevella, and became the first Congress chief minister in three decades to retain power.

Sabita Reddy has a BSc degree and has three sons. She is also the widow of P. Indra Reddy and a three-time legislator; she also served as home minister in N.T. Rama Rao’s cabinet. Indra Reddy, who joined the Congress later, was killed in a road accident on the outskirts of Hyderabad. Sabita said,

“It’s so thrilling that I have become the Home Minister, a post once held by my late husband Indra Reddy. I am extremely thankful to the Chief Minister for this.”

35 ministers were sworn in yesterday, and six were women, an unusually high number when compared to other states.

Check out video of Sabitha Indra Reddy below.

Sabitha Indra Reddy Video