West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee said here on Thursday that he was deeply saddened by the sudden death of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy.

Conveying his condolences to the bereaved family, Mr. Bhattacharjee said he had known Dr. Reddy well and on several occasions discussed a variety of issues with him in New Delhi and Hyderabad.

“The passing away of Dr. Reddy was a major loss to the entire country. This sudden death is a real tragedy for the people of his State and the country,” he said.

Minister for Sports and Youth Services Kanti Ganguly will be going to Hyderabad to pay his last respects to Dr. Reddy on behalf of the West Bengal government.