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Updated: September 4, 2009 14:57 IST

India has lost an outstanding leader: Manmohan Singh

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The mortal remains of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y. Rajesekhara Reddy body wrapped in tri-colour being taken to Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium to enable people to pay their last respects in Hyderabad. \Photo:Mohammed Yousuf
The Hindu The mortal remains of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y. Rajesekhara Reddy body wrapped in tri-colour being taken to Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium to enable people to pay their last respects in Hyderabad. \Photo:Mohammed Yousuf

Condoling the “untimely” death of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday said the country has lost “an outstanding leader“.

“In the sad and most untimely demise of Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, our country has lost an outstanding leader and the people of Andhra Pradesh have lost an ideal Chief Minister who was personally concerned to the welfare of the poor,” Dr. Singh wrote in a message in the visitor’s book at the camp office here.

Dr. Singh, Congress president Sonia Gandhi, and a host of party leaders arrived here on Friday to pay homage to Dr. Reddy, who died in a chopper crash.

“My heartfelt sympathies go to the members of the bereaved family and the people of Andhra Pradesh,” Dr. Singh said.

Sonia Gandhi said, “I am here to bid my last farewell to my colleague and Chief Minister Rajasekhara Reddy. A dynamic, visionary and progressive leader, who throughout his career, strived for the welfare of the poor, the farmers, for the empowerment of women and welfare of children.”

“As chief minister he was untiring in his effort to work for the people of the state,” she wrote in the condolence book.

“For us in the Congress party it is a huge loss. We shall always cherish his contribution and we shall take inspiration from the manner in which day and night he worked tirelessly for all sections of society”, she said.

The AICC General secretary Rahul Gandhi wrote that Dr. Reddy was a true leader.

“Andhra Pradesh and India have had a tremendous loss. I personally learnt a lot from the Chief Minister. He is an inspiration to those who would like to impact the lives of the poor people of our country,” he said.

“It is a sad day for all of us. My condolences to the family and the people of Andhra Pradesh,” Mr. Rahul added.

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