It also proved to be former Chief Minister’s nemesis

HYDERABAD: The five-year long tenure of Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy was characterised by rain, but never did anyone apprehend that one day the same rain would prove to be his nemesis.

From a series of drought years from 1997, the State finally received respite from 2004, the year when Rajasekhara Reddy took over the reins of the State and rain did not fail him ever since.

Unprecedented rain

The State received unprecedented levels of rainfall in the subsequent years, almost doubling the agriculture production, and it has become a common feature for the Congressmen to proclaim that “Varuna (rain god) has obtained the primary membership of the Congress.”

Even as the prospects of drought were looming large over the State till a couple of weeks ago, Reddy had been steadfast in his assertion that there was still time.

His confidence levels could be gauged from the fact that his government did not declare drought in spite of the mounting pressure from the Opposition and a section of the Congress leaders themselves.

“There were several instances when I had expressed apprehensions about rainfall, but he convinced me every time. Ultimately, he was proved right,” K. Rosaiah who was nominated by the party high command to head the government recalled on Saturday.

Makes enquires

Reddy, according to officials, inquired about the weather conditions just before he boarded the fateful helicopter on September 2, only to be told that the sky was clear at the originating point, Hyderabad, as well as Chittoor, the destination to which he set off.

And, the rest as they say is history.