Staff Reporter

VIJAYAWADA: Rich tributes were paid to the late Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy by the members of the Krishna district unit of the Andhra Pradesh Union of Working Journalists , at the Press Club here on Saturday.

APUWJ vice-president Ambati Anjanejulu said that the journalist community will always remember YSR for his contribution to the welfare of media persons. “His efforts to bring the scribes under the Arogyasri scheme will be remembered for long,” he remarked.

Senior journalist N. Chalapati Rao said that the city scribes will always recollect the press meet Dr. Reddy addressed here in 2004 in the run-up to the Assembly elections, which brought all the warring groups in the Congress under one roof. “To a question on whether he would take political “sanyas” if the party tasted defeat in the elections, YSR answered without any second thought, “Yes. I will”. This news was prominently published in all the newspapers and beamed in channels, sending shivers done the spine of all Congressmen about losing the elections. It brought all the Congressmen together,” he reminisced.

Press Club president A. Brahmaiah said he would always remember Dr. Reddy for his enchanting smile. “I had the privilege of interacting with him a couple times as a journalist. He never minced words and was always straight in his answers,” he recalled.

Progressive Writers Association secretary and journalist Mutyala Prasad said YSR was a communist in the Congress. “In more than one way, we can see a communist in Dr. Reddy. All his welfare schemes and other initiatives were aimed at the common man and the farmers.”

Senior journalists Chava Ravi, Shaik Babu and others journalists and non-journalists took part in the condolence meeting.