AP leaders pay tribute to YSR on birth anniversary
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Last Updated: Thursday, July 08, 2010, 23:53
Hyderabad: Hailing the leadership of late Y S Rajasekhara Reddy, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K Rosaiah today said the real tribute to him would be following his footsteps.

"Rajasekhara Reddy used to say that his aim is to contribute to making Rahul Gandhi Prime Minister in 2014. He is not there now. But we should work hard to realise that," he said, speaking at a function organised by the state government on the occasion of Reddy's birth anniversary here.

Rosaiah called for strengthening the party under the leadership of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

He said he has seen a number of Chief Ministers in his long political career but Reddy was most charming of all.

Reddy had endeared himself to all sections of his society with his charming smile and friendly behaviour, he said.

Praja Rajyam president Chiranjeevi said he always found Reddy smiling though he faced a number of challenges.

Disclosing that some people had advised him against attending the function, he wondered what is wrong in paying tributes to a leader who belonged a rival party.

Chiranjeevi also found fault with some MLAs (TDP) "politicising" the government installing a portrait of Reddy in the Assembly building.

"We may differ on various public issues. But our goal is to serve people. We can come together when it comes to doing something good. It is unfortunate that some MLAs took exception to installation of YSR's portrait. Why should it be politicised- We should rise above politics on such occasions," he said.

Assembly Speaker N Kiran Kumar Reddy said YSR could always take a clear decision and remain cheerful even in the face of complex problems.

State Congress president D Srinivas said the state government should organise YSR's birth anniversary every year.

Majlis Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) president and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi said YSR implemented various welfare schemes like scholarships, reservations for the minority community and Rs 2,000 crore package for old city Muslims.

State Legislative Council Chairman A Chakrapani and former Karnataka Governor V S Ramadevi also spoke on the occasion.

Meanwhile, Reddy's birth anniversary was celebrated by the Andhra Pradesh government across the state with ministers participating in them.

Reddy's wife Vijayalakshmi and other family members paid tributes to him at the site where he was buried inside the family estate at Idupulapaya in Kadapa district.


First Published: Thursday, July 08, 2010, 23:53

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