Thirty two days after being sworn in as Chief Minister, Mr. K. Rosaiah finally shifted to the office occupied by his predecessor Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy on the sixth floor of the Secretariat ‘C’ block on Monday.
During the past four and a half weeks, Mr. Rosaiah had been discharging the duties of Chief Minister from his chambers in an adjoining block of the Secretariat from which he had been functioning as Finance Minister for the previous five years giving rise to much speculation about his future plans.
At the same time, the laminated pictures of the new Chief Minister have been displayed in the chambers of the Ministers and other offices in the Secretariat alongside those of the President and the Prime Minister. These twin developments are being viewed as an indication that Mr. Rosaiah will continue in office as Chief Minister for a length of time.
Mr. Rosaiah was welcomed in the portico of the ‘C’ block by several ministers and Chief Secretary P. Ramakanth Reddy while Hindu priests received him with traditional prayers and chanted religious verses. The Chief Minister performed a brief ‘pooja’ before he occupied the chair at 9.19 am, considered an auspicious time. K.V.P. Ramachandra Rao, advisor (Public Affairs) and close aide of the late YSR, was the first to greet him.
The Chief Minister's office has an all-facility work station, comprising high frequency communication network, rooms for his senior aides, a full-fledged security and a catering unit. These were not available in the chambers of the Finance Ministers.
Among the Ministers present were D. Prasada Rao (Revenue), P. Sabitha Reddy (Home), A. Ramanarayan Reddy (Municipal Administration), J. Geetha Reddy (Information), K. Venkat Reddy (Information Technology), R. Venkat Reddy (Labour), M. Mukesh (Backward Classes Welfare), P. Sunitha (Minor Irrigation ), D. Nagender (Health), P. Sudharashan Reddy (Medical Education) and D. Sridhar Babu (Higher Education) felicitated him with bouquets.
A notable absentee was Minister for Women Welfare Konda Surekha, who had threatened to resign if Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy was not made the Chief Minister while Director General of Police S.S.P. Yadav, who has attracted heavy flak for his handling of the situation after YSR's death, was also not present.
P.V. Ranga Rao, son of former Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao presented Mr. Rosaiah with a cheque for Rs 40,000 for the flood-victims.
The Chief Minister signed four files, the first allotting 80 acres of land near Visakhapatnam to the Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai, for a cancer care facility; letters addressed to the UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the extent of loss caused by the floods besides another letter to the Prime Minister requesting for allocation of rice for supply to families above the poverty line.
Later, Mr. Rosaiah left for Shamshabad airport to receive Sonia Gandhi, who is making an aerial survey of the flood-affected areas in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.