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Chief Minister feted by Vysya community of Karnataka

warm hug: Union Law Minister M. Veerappa Moily greeting Chief Minister K. Rosaiah at a felicitation function in Bangalore on Sunday. — Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy
warm hug: Union Law Minister M. Veerappa Moily greeting Chief Minister K. Rosaiah at a felicitation function in Bangalore on Sunday. — Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K. Rosaiah was felicitated by the Telugu-speaking people in the State, especially by those belonging to the Vysya community, hailing him as a symphony of honesty and efficiency and one responsible for restoring harmony in Andhra Pradesh.

Union Minister for Law and Justice M. Veerappa Moily, also in-charge of the Congress of that State, Pejawar Math seer Visesha Tirtha Swami, United Inusrance Company Limited Chairman and Managing Director G. Srinivasan and former FKCCI President K.L. Ramesh feted Mr. Rosaiah at a function organised by the Sri K. Rosaiah Felicitation Committee at the Palace Grounds here.

Mr. Rosaiah was presented with a Mysore peta, a shawl and a silver sword. Mr. Moily hailed Mr. Rosaiah as an economist, a statesman and a leader, who brought peace and tranquillity in Andhra Pradesh by his adroit handling of the delicate situation. As Finance Minister, he holds the distinction of presenting 16 budgets.

Mr. Moily described Mr. Rosaiah as a committed Congress leader who did not react when he was informed of the decision taken by the United Progressive Alliance Chairperson Sonia Gandhi that he had been chosen as next Chief Minister. “He was neither elated nor excited. He belongs to a rare genre of politicians, who did not hanker for power and a leader to be emulated by politicians.”

Sri Visvesha Tirtha Swami said that leaders hailing from smaller castes and communities such as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Mr. Rosaiah and Mr. Moily had risen to high positions of power and it showed that democracy was working very well in the country. Unfortunately, he said gradually it was drifting towards “demonocracy”, reflecting the power struggle.

He said many important pilgrim centres, especially Srisailam and Mantralayam in the neighbouring State had brought together the people of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.

Though the Vysyas are a minority community, they have made great strides in various walks of development-social, educational and religious, the seer added.

First leader

B.K. Narendra Babu, general secretary of the felicitation committee, said the programme had to be postponed due to the pre-occupation of Mr. Rosaiah and the Vysyas had decided to honour him, as he was the first leader from the community to rise to such a high position in the country.

Former MP and co-chairman C. Narasimhan said that there was only one MLA from among the Vysya in the State and it had no member in the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike council. He urged the Vysyas to organise their people to get educational, employment and political empowerment. Mr. Rosaiah supported him and asked the Vysyas to join politics, so that they could highlight the problems.

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