Chief Minister leads Ministers, MPs and MLAs in paying tributes to YSR
“I was stunned by YSR’s commitment and confidence to fulfil promises made to people”
“He used to announce programmes and later think about financial implications”
HYDERABAD: Terming Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy as a man of commitment, Chief Minister K. Rosaiah urged his Cabinet colleagues and party legislators to rise to the occasion and fulfil the unfinished task of development and welfare left behind by their charismatic leader.
At a solemn meeting held at the official residence of the former Chief Minister here on Saturday, Ministers, MLAs and MPs paid floral tributes to late Reddy.
Addressing the meeting, Mr. Rosaiah said it was under tragic circumstances that Dr. Reddy died in a helicopter accident on September 2. “Let us all work towards achieving the goals and ideals put forth by him. The true and real tribute to him is to accomplish his unfinished task,” he said.
Recalling his long association with the dynamic leader, as he described Dr. Reddy, the Chief Minister said he was stunned by his commitment and confidence to fulfil promises made to people. “When he took up the ambitious Jalayagnam programme to construct irrigation projects, I had my own doubts about the funds,” he pointed out.
The Chief Minister went to the extent of mentioning that Dr. Reddy used to make announcements about the programmes he planned to launch and later think about the financial implications. “I never saw him worried over the financial aspect. He used to tell me that funds would be raised without any difficulty,” he noted. He stated that when officials wanted the government to introduce token fee of Rs. 100 for Arogyasri scheme, Dr. Reddy flatly refused the suggestion saying that not even a single paisa should be charged from the poor people.
Referring to YSR’s generosity, he recalled that once a friend of his sought money to fight elections. “He sold a part of his property and sent the money to his friend. That was his affection for people whom he liked,” the Chief Minister said.