YSR was sure of victory in AP: Sonia

YSR’s padyatra brought Congress back to power in Andhra Pradesh, Sonia Gandhi has said.

Last Updated: Sep 04, 2009, 00:46 AM IST

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi condoled the death of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YSR Reddy in a helicopter crash. YSR would be remembered for his commitment to development, they said.

“YSR’s historic padyatra brought Congress back to power in Andhra. His death is a huge loss to the party, to the state and to the country,” Gandhi told reporters after a meeting of the Congress Working Committee that included the PM at her residence here.

“At 8.20 we got the terrible news…,” she informed the media persons.

Gandhi revealed that prior to the recent elections in Andhra Pradesh, some had expressed concerns during core committee meetings about how the party would fare. “But YSR was firm. He said you trust me. I know the people of Andhra. I and my colleagues have worked tremendously and we will come back. He was right,” she said.

YSR was a man of vision, dynamism, she said, adding that he was a hardworking and committed person.

She extended her ‘heartfelt condolences’ to the grieved families and expressed ‘deep sadness.’

The PM said YSR would be remembered for his commitment towards the people of Andhra Pradesh.

“He had launched many innovative programmes for the poor and farmers,” he said, adding that the Congress had lost a great politician. “His stellar role was responsible for Congress’ victory in the state.

“Under his leadership, Andhra Pradesh has emerged as a role model of how governance should be for other states in our Union. He was marked by the sense of commitment dear to party. our heart goes out to the members of families of those who died with Dr Reddy,” Singh said.

The two are expected to go to Andhra Pradesh tomorrow to attend Reddy’s funeral.

Vice President Hamid Ansari also
condoled the death of Reddy and said he will
be remembered for his personal qualities and modesty and deep
empathy for the poor.

In his condolence message, he said, "Reddy was a
charismatic mass leader, who carved a niche for himself in
Andhra Pradesh politics by his exemplary devotion and
dedication to the uplift of the downtrodden and neglected
sections of society."

Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman K Rehman Khan also expressed
shock at the untimely death of Reddy and said he was known for
his immense calibre and outstanding administrative skills.