ANDHRA PRADESH

House pays tributes to K.R. Narayanan

Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: The Andhra Pradesh State Assembly paid glowing tributes to former President K. R. Narayanan on the opening day of the winter session on Saturday and recalled the services rendered by him to the nation.

The House observed a two-minute silence as a mark of respect to him and adopted a condolence motion expressing sympathies to the bereaved family before being adjourned by Speaker K. R. Suresh Reddy for commencement of the golden jubilee celebrations.

"Citizens' President"

Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy described Narayanan as "simple, statesmanly and genial-natured" person. He had always fought for justice for all with the contention that otherwise, there was no meaning for independence. He said Narayanan would remain as a great inspiration to all. Narayanan was a citizens' President, who insisted on introspection and analysis by them on any issue.

Leader of the Opposition N. Chandrababu Naidu (TDP) said it was his fortune that as convener of the United Front, he had facilitated K. R. Narayanan's unanimous election as the 11th President.

He was an example of how even small people could become Presidents in a democracy if there was talent. He was no rubber stamp, Mr. Naidu said, recalling how he had sent back Bills proposed by the Government and refused to introduce President's rule in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.

Rare courage

G. Vijayarama Rao (TRS) said Narayanan's entry into Rashtrapathi Bhavan was a fitting reply to the ill treatment he faced as Dalit.

He had shown rare courage in opposing the review of the Constitution proposed by the National Democratic Alliance Government with the remark that it was politicians who had failed and not the Constitution.

N. Narsimhaiah CPI(M) and Ch. Venkata Reddy (CPI) stated that it was painful to miss an intellectual like Narayanan when the country was beset with problems. G. Kishen Reddy (BJP) said he was a working President next only to Neelam Sanjiva Reddy.