Jaganmohan visits chopper crash site, pays tribute to father
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Last Updated: Friday, September 25, 2009, 20:45
  
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 into Congress.

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.

Bureau Report


First Published: Friday, September 25, 2009, 20:45


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