Hyderabad: Accompanied by Ministers and
MLAs, Rajasekhara Reddy`s son YS Jaganmohan Reddy on Friday
visited the site where his father was killed in a helicopter
crash and paid glowing tributes to him but refrained from
commenting on campaign to make the Kadapa MP Chief Minister.
Twenty-three days after the crash, Jagan visited
Pavuralagutta, the site of the mishap where a cross was
installed in memory of Rajasekhara Reddy. Congress leaders
vied with each other in mobilising crowds for the memorial
service at the crash site in Nallamala forests.
Jagan landed in Nallakalva village by a special
helicopter from Rajiv Knowledge Valley, where his father was
buried, and trekked to Pavuralagutta.
With tears rolling down, he sat in a silent prayer at
the site where his father`s body was found and placed wreaths.
Jagan also paid homage to four others killed in the crash.
Later, an all-religion prayer service was held at
Nallakalva where people gathered in thousands.
State ministers Silpa Mohan Reddy, Balineni Srinivasa
Reddy and several MLAs accompanied Jagan while the official
machinery made all arrangements for the event.
The Chief Minister`s Security Group personnel stood
guard to Jagan as they continue to be at his service.
Praja Rajyam Party MLA B Sobha Nagi Reddy and her
husband Bhuma Nagi Reddy were also there to receive Jagan and
accompany him to Pavuralagutta.
Their presence at the event and demand for making
Jagan the CM further fuelled talks of their imminent entry
In a brief address on the occasion, Jagan said his
father remained alive in people`s memory. "He is alive in all
your smiles. I too shall become part of your smiles, the MP
said. He appealed to the people to strive for continuing the
legacy of Rajasekhara Reddy.
"My father wanted to irrigate every acre of land by
integrating rivers Godavari and Krishna. Also, he wanted to
ensure higher education to every student and introduced the
fee reimbursement scheme. Let us fulfil his dreams."
Though it was his first public address after his
father`s death, Jagan remained silent on the succession issue
in the backdrop of campaign by state Congress leaders to make
the 36-year-old first-time MP Chief Minister.
He did not speak anything directly about his political
ambitions and left everyone guessing.