Ailing Rosaiah misses PM function at Tirupati

Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K Rosaiah missed the official functions attended by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at Tirupati on Wednesday due to viral fever.

78-year-old Rosaiah was supposed to fly to Tirupati along with Governor E S L Narasimhan, but could not do so as he was down with viral fever and the doctors advised him to take rest for the day.

"A team of doctors examined him. The Chief Minister was suffering from simple viral fever and the doctors advised him rest till tomorrow morning. There is no need to worry," principal secretary (Health) P V Ramesh told reporters here.

"We conducted various tests like blood, x-ray, urine and everything was normal. We also conducted tests for H1N1, dengue and chikungunya and the results were negative for all of them," director of the premier state-run Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS) K Prasada Rao said.

On whether Rosaiah would be able to fly to Kurnool to attend the function to observe the first death anniversary of late chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy tomorrow, he said the doctors would take a call on it tomorrow morning.

Earlier in the day, the Prime Minister laid the foundation stones for the mega BHEL-NTPC joint venture project near Tirupati and also the Tirupati airport modernisation and upgrading project.

In Rosaiah's absence, Major Industries Minister K Laxminarayana read out his message at the BHEL-NTPC function and Forest Minister P Ramachandra Reddy read the Chief Minister's speech at the Tirupati airport upgrading function.

Later in the evening, Rosaiah thanked the Prime Minister, Union Ministers Sushilkumar Shinde, Vilasrao Deshmukh and Praful Patel for their visit to Tirupati.

"I was not able to attend both the foundation stone laying ceremonies due to fever and doctor's advice. But I take this opportunity to profusely thank Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the Union Ministers for coming to Tirupati and laying the foundation stone for the Mannavaram Power Equipment Project and the new International Airport at Tirupati," Rosaiah said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Governor Narsimhan called on the Chief Minister on his return from Tirrupati.

The Governor went to Rosaiah's residence straight from the airport and enquired about his health.