Special Correspondent

KURNOOL: Chief Minister K. Rosaiah described his eight-month tenure as trying time in his life and wished that no Chief Minister should ever undergo such an ordeal in the State.

He was apparently referring to the natural calamities like flood, drought, political uncertainty within the party and unrest caused by regional movements as the irritants that troubled him the most.

Mr. Rosaiah was addressing a public meeting at the Weaker Sections Housing Colony on the outskirts of the city after taking part in a series of programmes.

Supporters of CPI(M), CPI and their student wings tried to disturb the public meeting by highlighting the inadequate help to flood victims, delay in release of fee reimbursement to students. MRPS supporters staged a separate protest on the issue of SC categorisation.

Police had a tough time in controlling the belligerent protesters who rushed towards the dais one group after the other. Around 20 people, including district secretaries of both parties, T. Shadrak and K. Ramanjaneyulu, were taken into custody.

The Chief Minister explained that the mantle of leadership fell on him unexpectedly after the tragic death of Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy in a helicopter crash. He promised to release arrears of Pavala Vaddi scheme for self-help groups since its inception in 2004 which amounted to Rs. 279 crore.