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YSR’s second term as Chief Minister begins today

FORMALITIES: Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy submitting the resignation of the Council of Ministers to Governor N.D. Tiwari on Tuesday.

FORMALITIES: Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy submitting the resignation of the Council of Ministers to Governor N.D. Tiwari on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: — PHOTO: NAGARA GOPAL

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YSR unanimously elected Leader of the Congress Legislature Party

Andhra Pradesh has become a role model for others in the country : Veerappa Moily



HYDERABAD: Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy will begin his second consecutive term as Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh when Governor N. D. Tiwari administers him the oath of office and secrecy at a gala ceremony at the Lal Bahadur Stadium here at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.

This followed his unanimous election as Leader of the Congress Legislature Party after his name was approved by the party high command. A meeting of the CLP convened late on Tuesday evening to elect the leader left the decision to the high command. It was adjourned briefly to enable AICC observer M. Veerappa Moily to consult the leadership in New Delhi. After his consultations, Mr. Moily declared that the high command had nominated Dr. Reddy as CLP leader.

In his acceptance speech, Dr. Reddy said the verdict given by the people was an endorsement of the developmental and welfare programmes initiated by the Congress government in the last five years. “Our responsibility has increased two-fold. We will utilise the opportunity given to us,” he said.

Mr. Moily said the huge tally of 33 Lok Sabha seats from Andhra Pradesh only proved that Dr. Reddy had given good governance. Andhra Pradesh has become a role model for others in the country to emulate it with its revolutionary programmes, he remarked.

Earlier, on arrival from New Delhi where he attended the Congress Parliamentary Party meeting, the Chief Minister immediately left for the Secretariat to preside over the last meeting of his Council of Ministers. The Council resolved to submit its resignation to the Governor, recommend dissolution of the 13th Assembly as laid down in Article 174 of the Constitution and request him to take up further proceedings for formation of the new government.

Accompanied by Finance Minister K. Rosaiah, Dr. Reddy later drove to the Raj Bhavan to fulfil the Constitutional formality of submitting the resignation of his Council of Ministers. In his letter, he thanked Mr. Tiwari for his guidance and advice in the discharge of the responsibilities by the Cabinet. Accepting the resignation, the Governor requested Dr. Reddy to continue in office till a new government was in place. The Cabinet earlier adopted a resolution complimenting the Chief Minister for extending support and freedom for their effective functioning. By another resolution, it thanked the people as well as the administrative machinery that translated the government programmes into action.

The series of political developments followed the submission of the list of 294 newly elected MLAs, including 156 of the Congress, to the Governor by Chief Electoral Officer I. V. Subba Rao.

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