First death anniversary of YSR observed
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Last Updated: Thursday, September 02, 2010, 23:09
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 headquarters.

"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 said.

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.


First Published: Thursday, September 02, 2010, 23:09

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