Andhra Pradesh Finance Minister K. Rosaiah, whom Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy considered an "elder brother" and whose guidance he sought on different matters, broke down as he announced Dr. Reddy's death in the tragic helicopter crash at a media conference at the Secretariat on Thursday afternoon.
He said Dr. Reddy was "very affectionate" not only to him but to all other Ministers and whoever else he came across. He said he was not able to control his feelings and said the anguish was unbearable.
Mr. Rosaiah said the people all over the country had prayed to their respective Gods in temples, churches and mosques, but the Gods proposed differently. "This is destiny". He recalled that it was only on Tuesday that Dr. Reddy called him on the telephone twice, first to ask him to handle the reply to the debate on the Appropriation Bills in the Legislative Coucil as he was otherwise engaged. He telephoned a second time late in the night to congratulate him on the successful completion of the legislative businesses, both in the Assembly and the Council, at the end of the budget session.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) floor leader G. Kishan Reddy, who called on Mr. Rosaiah and others at the Secretariat, paid eloquent tributes to the Chief Minister. He said Dr. Reddy 's death had shocked the people of the State. He had laid emphasis on irrigation projects and welfare schemes. "We have lost an efficient leader", he added.
Communist Party of India (CPI) leader K. Narayana said Dr. Reddy's death was an irreparable loss to the people. The Chief Minister had carved a niche for himself and endeared himself to the people.
Congress MP Manda Jagannadham said Dr. Reddy was a popular leader, who encouraged youth and promoted younger leadership. He was pro-poor and a decisive leader. His death was a big loss to the poor.
T. Subbirami Reddy said Dr. Reddy's death was an irreparable loss to the State and the country. He was at the forefront, implementing Congress president Sonia Gandhi's pro-poor policies. He said he was unable to believe that Dr. Reddy was no more.