Veteran leader brushes aside protocol to greet invitees personally, takes part in photo session
HYDERABAD: Narayan Dutt Tiwari was sworn in as the 21st Governor of Andhra Pradesh at a simple function at the Raj Bhavan here on Wednesday.
The oath of office was administered by Chief Justice of the High Court, G. S. Singhvi, after Chief Secretary J. Harinarayan read the warrant of appointment issued by President Pratibha Patil Shekhawat.
The invitees at the swearing-in ceremony had a pleasant surprise when Mr. Tiwari brushed aside protocol to greet each one of them personally after the function.
On arrival earlier, the Governor-designate was received by Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy and the Chief Secretary.
Later, he participated in a photo session with the Ministers and greeted them.
He embraced some of them and patted a few others on their back.
Telugu Desam leaders T. Devender Goud and Yanamala Ramakrishnudu and BJP State president, Bandaru Dattatreya, were among the few Opposition leaders around. Family members of the new occupant of the Raj Bhavan turned out in full strength.
Later, in a message to the people, Mr. Tiwari said he looked forward to a successful association with the people of Andhra Pradesh who, he observed, were known for their patriotism and dedicated work. The Governor said he was greatly impressed by the State’s economic progress, particularly in the field of irrigation and also in providing relief to the needy farmers. He expressed the hope that the Government’s efforts to put the State ahead on the path of accelerated progress through ‘Jalayagnam’ would transform the State into ‘Haritaandhra Pradesh.’ Mr. Tiwari said it was heartening that Hyderabad had become a ‘happening city’ while new developments like construction of an international airport at Shamshabad had enhanced the city’s image.