Chief Minister K Rosaiah on Thursday paid rich tributes to his predecessor late YS Rajasekhara Reddy on the occasion of his first death anniversary.
According to a statement released by the government, Mr Rosaiah was unable to fly to Nallakaluva at Pavuralagutta to participate in the official programme related to ‘YSR Smrutivanam’.
Mr Rosaiah deputed School Education Minister Manikya Varaprasada Rao to read his message at the programme.
The Chief Minister is believed to have spent time recalling his long association with the former Chief Minister at his residence. Mr Rosaiah garlanded a portrait of his friend and predecessor and reminisced about his time with Cabinet colleagues, friends and officials present there.
Mr Rosaiah said, “I admire him for unusual straights in his personality, and can never forget him. He always kept me in high esteem in spite of differences of opinion between us on any issue. I enjoyed his love and affection. Secondly on a number of occasions he exhibited extraordinary courage and perseverance to achieve what he aimed at, in the interest of the State. In his view obstacles can be surmounted if our vision is on the target.”
The Chief Minister also apologised to the people of the state for his inability to participate in the first death anniversary programme of the departed leader.
Mr Rosaiah recalled how the four officers, Principal Secretary to the then CM P Subramanyam, Security Officer Mr Wesley and Pilots Bhatia and MS Reddy unfortunately met with premature death along with Dr Rajasekhara Reddy.
He personally wrote letters to widows of all these officers expressing sorry for the grief and agony caused to their families.
Recalling the services of those officers, the Chief Minister prayed the Almighty to bless their families with peace and bliss.