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YSR's 61st birth anniversary celebrated

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Loving their leader: Followers and admirers garland a statue of former Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy on his 61st birth anniversary at Tirupati on Thursday. – Photo: K.V. Poornachandra Kumar
Loving their leader: Followers and admirers garland a statue of former Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy on his 61st birth anniversary at Tirupati on Thursday. – Photo: K.V. Poornachandra Kumar

Former Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy was remembered in connection with his 61st birth anniversary here on Thursday. Collector Ramsankar Naik, Mayor S. Raghurami Reddy, ZP Chairman A. Venkata Swamy, SP Ch. Srikanth, Additional Joint Collector B. Laxmikantham, Additional SP Ravindra Naik, DCC Secretary M. Sudhakar Babu attended the programme.

Mr. Raghurami Reddy said YSR had endeared himself to all sections of people especially the rural poor and farmers with his popular schemes. The free power for agriculture sector, Jalayagnam, Arogya Sri, Pavula Vaddi scheme and round the clock ambulance system became models for the entire country.

Public life

He said YSR accorded priority to credibility in public life which was a rare quality in politics.

Collector Ramsankar Naik who read out the bio-data of YSR, explained the attachment of the leader with the district. According to him, YSR visited the district 30 times. Dr. Reddy started off at Chevella and concluded his programme at Nandikotkur every time. Perhaps, it was his wish that he wanted to wound up his life too in the district.

District Public Relations department organised a photo exhibition on the visits of YSR to the district. DPRO Timmappa explained important milestones of YSR in Kurnool district.

Zealous celebrations

Tirupati Special Correspondent writes: At Tirupati, followers of the former TTD Board Chairman B. Karunakar Reddy and the former TUDA Chairman Chevireddi Bhaskar Reddy observed the celebrations with a lot of zeal. The TUDA circle, where Chevireddi got a bronze statue erected for Dr. YSR, buzzed with activity even as Congress cadres converged there to offer floral tributes to their departed leader. They also organised ‘Anna Danam' and blood donation camps.

Another group in the Tirupati city Congress unit led by former MLA M. Venkatramana organised a similar celebration near the RDO's office where he got a separate statue erected for YSR and had it unveiled by the Chief Minister K. Rosaiah, ahead of the statue at TUDA, during one of his visits to Tirupati.

Srikalahasti also observed YSR Jayanthi-- one under the leadership of the former MLA S.C.V. Naidu and the other by Kola Anand, the former Srikalahasti Temple Board chairman. Special ‘poojas' were also offered in the name of YSR to Lord Siva in the temple by the local congress leaders. At Tirupati, NSUI cadres distributed fruits and medicines to 200 patients. Similar programmes were held in most places in the district by congress cadres.

Subdued fervour

Chittoor Special Correspondent writes: The 61st birth anniversary of Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy was celebrated in the Chittoor district amid subdued fervour. As the district administration itself has, at the instance of the State government, officially observed the Jayanthi, district Minister Galla Aruna Kumari participated in a programme held at Perumallapalle in her Chandragiri constituency.In an obvious bid not to ruffle feathers anywhere, while eulogizing the great qualities of YSR, the Minister took care to elaborate as to how K. Rosaiah also, after stepping into YSR's shoes, has been continuing with the same zeal all his welfare programmes. At another government programme conducted at Chittoor, the district headquarters, Joint Collector, Pradhyumna and the Chairman of the District Co-op Central Bank, A. Rajasekhar Reddy participated.


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