Special Correspondent

TIRUPATI: After three days of gloom following the tragic end of former Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy Chittoor district is limping back to normality.

Business, banking and government operations which remained suspended in the wake of the tragedy picked up from Saturday morning. Political cadres and YSR-Jagan zealots who consciously avoided speaking about the sensitive ‘succession’ issue, were seen discussing it in hush hush terms at tea nooks and street corners.

Tirupati city Congress leaders have taken out a rally through the main thoroughfares chanting slogans ‘YSR Amar Rahe’, ‘YS Jagan—the next chief minister’. Among those who led the rally were the C. Bharkar Reddy, Chairman of TUDA, P. Pratap Reddy, City Congress unit president, Mabbu Chenga Reddy, INTUC leader, P. Muralikrishna Reddy, Town Co-Op Bank President besides others.

Condolence meetings were held by several organizations condoling the premature demise of Rajasekhar Reddy when he was in the midst of steering the state and the party to newer heights in his second innings as the CM.

Chairman and the Managing Director of the Southern Power Distribution Company (DISCOM), P. Gopal Reddy addressing a condolence meeting in his office recalled Dr. Rajasekhar Reddy’s concern for farmers and in supplying quality power to the farmers.

The Rashtriya Sanskrit University at its condolence meeting described Rajasekhara Reddy as a renowned statesman and refined politician who served the cause of poor and downtrodden. G. Munirathnam, General Secretary, Rashtriya Seva Samithi recalled Dr. Reddy’s association with RASS and said he became a role-model for other Chief Ministers in India with his foresight and vision.

Among the other organizations which mourned the demise were Sri Chaitanya Techno Schools, Vidyarthi Vikasa Vedika. Freedom fighter, B. Munikrishnaiah faxed a condolence message to AICC paying homage to Dr. Reddy.