Gowtham Reddy launches campaign to collect one crore signatures
VIJAYAWADA: As part of the efforts being made all over the State to persuade All India Congress Committee president Sonia Gandhi to make Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy the next chief minister of the State, former corporator P. Gowtham Reddy on Saturday kicked off a campaign to collect as many as one crore signatures in support of the demand.
Mr. Reddy, who switched loyalties from the CPI to the Congress before the recent general elections, floated “Y.S. Jagan Jana Chaitanya Yatra” with the express purpose of collecting the signatures all over the State and sending them to Ms. Gandhi.
He said that the support of Jagan Yuva Sena organisations that had sprung up in several parts of the State, besides the Youth Congress units, would be enlisted to accomplish the task. “We hope to complete the collection of signatures from 7 to 10 days,” Mr. Reddy told reporters.
He said that the people of the State were feeling insecure following the demise of YSR, as they were not sure whether all the innovative schemes and welfare programmes he introduced in the State would continue or not.
It was only by making his son the next chief minister, his ideals and aspirations could be taken forward to their logical conclusion, and, hence, the campaign had been launched.
The signatures collected would be sent in batches so as to let the Congress high command know of the sentiment of people before it could make up its mind at the end of the seven-day official mourning on Wednesday.
The members of the Siddhartha Medical College unit of the Andhra Pradesh Government Doctors Association (Modern Medicine) expressed their heartfelt sympathies to the bereaved family members.
The management, principal, staff and students of V.R. Siddhartha Engineering College passed a resolution stating that AP had lost a great leader.
At a condolence meeting held at Montessori Mahila Kalasala, college president V.V. Krishna Rao, correspondent V. Koteswaramma, staff and students observed silence for a couple of minutes and recalled the contribution of Dr. Reddy to higher education. Members of the Builders Association Vijayawada also met and condoled the death
GUNTUR: Youth Congress leaders, workers took out massive rallies on Guntur streets holding placards and shouting slogans supporting the candidature of Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy as next Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh on Saturday and began an indefinite fast in a tent opposite Congress District unit office.
All MLAs, MPs, and Congress leaders elected from the district attended a massive condolence meeting organised for the third consecutive day at the Congress office, presided by District Congress Committee president Singham Basava Punnaiah, and pledged their support to former Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy’s son.
Meanwhile, Agriculture Market Committee Chairman Lella Appireddy said that he would also join the chorus and begin the demand by sending messages to the party headquarters in Hyderabad and New Delhi and later begin district-wide fast.