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YSR's grandfather embraced Christianity years ago.

In an interview to rediff.com, YSR's mother Jayamma said her son occasionally fails to attend Sunday Mass. According to Jayamma, YSR says, 'Even these are God's people coming from far-away villages. How can I make them wait endlessly?'

YSR, who studied at the Jammalamadugu town mission hospital, was considered a 'good student'. After completing his schooling in St John's at Bellary, he went to Loyola College, Vijayawada. He received his MBBS degree from Gulbarga in Karnataka in 1972.

He married Vijayalakshmi in 1971; they have a son and a daughter.

YSR with wife Vijayalakshmi and son Jaganmohan. Inset, with his granddaughter.

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