Solving people's problems is his priority, he says
Chief Minister K. Rosaiah has said he will look at criticism in a positive spirit while continuing to take suggestions and constructive ideas from any party or group in his effort to solve people's problems in the State. He asserted that he would act as the Chief Minister for the 8.6 crore people in the State and not as one to promote interests of any particular section or party.
Addressing the Arya Vysya Mahasammelan organised by the Arya Vysya Mahasabha here on Sunday evening, Mr. Rosaiah said with the unfailing support and affection shown by the lakhs of Vysyas in the State that he could achieve progress in his political career and that he never stopped keeping that in mind even after his taking over as the Chief Minister.
With a tone of modesty, he said he never felt proud nor did he show it in his actions, as pride and ego would only lead to one's downfall.
Mr. Rosaiah said the post of Chief Minister came to him unexpectedly and that he accepted this at the behest of the Congress high command. He pointed out that there was a vacuum after the sudden demise of former chief minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy and the high command asked him to take over only to fill the vacuum.
Stating that all the differences and standoffs that would arise with various groups at the time of elections would be forgotten immediately, Mr. Rosaiah said the main focus would remain on ensuring the welfare and development of the people by taking along with the Government all sections of society. He said he would look into the possibility of making permanent the exemptions given to the temples and chowltries under the Endowments Act as per the demand of the Arya Vysya Mahasabha.
He pointed out that their Government provided fee reimbursement to even the economically backward students from the forward castes.
When the leaders of Arya Vysya Mahasabha sought to felicitate in a grand manner, Mr. Rosaiah turned their request down and asked them to make it a simple thing.
Legislative Council chairman A. Chakrapani, District in charge Minister Peddireddy Ramachandra Reddy, Animal Husbandry Minister K. Parthasaradhi, MLAs T.G. Venkatesh, Vellampalli Srinivas, Sreeram Rajagopal and Chinnam Ramakotaiah and others also spoke.