Hyderabad/Kadapa: The first death
anniversary of former Andhra Pradesh chief minister Y S
Rajasekhara Reddy was observed across the state today.
Family members of the late YSR and senior Congress
leaders, including Union Minister Veerappa Moily paid homage
at the `YSR Ghat`, his burial site, inside the family estate
at Idupulapaya in Kadapa district, while the state government
organised several functions.
Son Jagan, his mother and Pulivendula MLA Y S
Vijayalakshmi and other family members took part in special
prayers conducted at a church inside the estate.
Thousands of people, who thronged the estate to pay
tributes to YSR, were fed on the occasion.
Moily, who came on behalf of the AICC, offered floral
tributes to YSR in the presence of Jagan, Congress Rajya Sabha
member K V P Ramachandra Rao, state Agriculture Minister N
Raghuveera Reddy and other Congress leaders.
Meanwhile, the state government and Congress organised
several functions to mark the death anniversary.
Chief Minister K Rosaiah, who cancelled his programmes
in the morning as he was indisposed, attended the programme
held in the evening at Gandhi Bhavan, the state Congress
"I never imagined that we will observe the death
anniversary of Rajasekhara Reddy. I feel the true way of
paying homage to him is not by installing his statues or
portraits. The true homage would be by implementing the
welfare programmes in a fool-proof manner," he said.
State Assembly Speaker N Kiran Kumar Reddy, several
state ministers and other Congress leaders paid rich tributes
to the late chief minister at the functions organised inside
the Assembly, the office of Congress Legislature Party (CLP)
and the Ravindra Bharati auditorium.
"Rajasekhara Reddy was known for his credibility and
other great leadership qualities. The state government is
committed to implementing the development and welfare
programmes initiated by him," Home Minister P Sabita Reddy
The state government organised a grand function at
Nallakalva in Kurnool district, which was close to the place
where YSR`s chopper crashed on this day last year.
A giant statue of YSR was unveiled on the occasion by
ministers D Manikya Vara Prasad, P Lakshmaiah, and Chairman of
Legislative Council D Chakrapani.
In the temple town of Tirupati, former chairman of
Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD) B Karunakar Reddy
organised `Yagam` on the occasion.
In Visakhapatnam, the Department of Posts released a
stamp to commemorate the memory of the late chief minister.
"It generally takes 18 months after the death of a
personality to release the stamp in his memory. It is a rarest
of the rare case that a stamp is released on the first death
anniversary. The Department of Posts is very happy to honour
this great leader," a department official said.