Andhra Pradesh Governor Narayan Datt Tiwari expressed deep shock and grief over the tragic death of Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy. "Words fail me to give an expression to my deep sorrow and anguish", he said in a condolence message.
Mr. Tiwari described Dr. Rajasekhara Reddy as a charismatic and dynamic leader who had endeared himself to the people with his deep commitment for their welfare. He had heralded the State on a path of unprecedented growth and development under his stewardship. He had always aspired for the fruits of development to reach and touch the common man. "The people of India will also remember him for his dedication to Gandhian ideals and values".
"Rajasekhara Reddy symbolised the aspirations of all the people of Andhra Pradesh and he stood resolutely for the development of its most backward regions. He led from the front and was an inspiring figure. It is most tragic that he had laid down his life while taking the administration to the doorsteps of the people", he said.
"His untimely death, as he was set to translate the mandate he had received for a further second term, leaves a great void. His memories will remain forever etched in the hearts and minds of people of Andhra Pradesh whom he loved dearly", the Governor said in his condolence message.
"I convey my deep condolences and sympathies to the families of the Chief Minister’s entourage who had laid down their lives in the highest traditions of public service", he added.