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‘Pro-people policies endeared him to all’

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Heartfelt tribute: Women breaking coconuts and offering prayers on Thursday at the site where Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy was buried in Idupulapaya, Kadapa.
Heartfelt tribute: Women breaking coconuts and offering prayers on Thursday at the site where Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy was buried in Idupulapaya, Kadapa.

Special Correspondent

Condolence meetings hail YSR as a great visionary and political strategist par excellence

TIRUPATI: Even a week after the premature demise of former Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy, condolence meetings continue amid hearty homages to the departed leader.

An abortive bid by two YSR admirers to end their lives on Thursday made district Minister Galla Arunakumari camping here to appeal to the grief-stricken followers not to resort to the extreme step. She said the condition of the two persons—Vijayakumar Reddy of Pakala and Nagamallaiah from Kadapa who were rushed to SVIMS was now stable.

At Srikalahasti about 3,000 farmers and farm workers took out a silent procession under the banner of Rythu Samakhya and Rythu Seva Sangham and condoled the death of Reddy. They demanded that the State-owned Seed Development unit at Srikalahasti be named after YSR besides erecting a statue in the temple city in his memory.

Members of the Indian Dental Association, Tirupati chapter at their condolence meeting recalled the slew of measures which YSR had launched to develop the State and said that they still found it hard to believe that Reddy was no more.

Non-Teaching Employees of S.V. Veterinary University, Tirupati which owes its existence to Dr. Reddy urged that the varsity’s administrative building be christened as ‘YSR Bhavan’ besides putting up his statue on the campus. The ‘Visvakarma Wood Works and Building Construction Union’, affiliated to INTUC held a condolence meeting at Tirupati and paid homage to Reddy. They threatened that at all the 3,000 members of the union would quit INTUC if Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy was not made the next Chief Minister.

The Tirupati Press Club at its condolence meeting described late Dr. Rajasekhara Reddy as a great visionary and political strategist par excellence who with his political acumen and pro-people policies stunned critics and endeared himself to all sections of the people. Members paid floral tributes amid slogans of ‘Johar YSR’.


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