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K. Gangi Reddy

He is the `ayyagaru' (that's how the doyen of a family is referred to in this part of the State) of the port and dock workers in Visakhapatnam.

Kovvuri Gangi Reddy was baptised into the realms of labour union back in 1940s in Burma where he was an active member of the Reddy Youngmen's Association, an organisation formed to protect the rights of the migrant labourers. Today he is not only the grand old man of the Telugu Desam Party in the district but also a successful businessman.

Gangi Reddy picked up the traits of shipping business on the docks of Rangoon Port at a young age. He moved lock, stock and barrel to this city during the civil war in Burma and joined V. Dhana Reddy and Company as a partner in 1958, after trying his hands in a few failed ventures in his native village, Aaravalli in West Godavari District.

During his active political career he served as TDP's district president (Urban) for 14 years at a stretch and was also the Chairman of Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority. Apart from being the chairman of Ammireddy Oils, Anarparthy, and director of Deccan Cements, he is also the president of a number of organisations like Visakhapatnam Stevedores Association, Visakhapatnam Dock Labour Board (administrative body) and Cargo Handling Private Workers Pool. He is an active member of a number of social bodies like Prema Samajam and Venkateswara Swami Temple.

On the shortcomings of this city he says, "No political party seems to have given the desired importance to this city by nominating a minister from its urban region, if given this city would progress much more than it has."

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