YSR fondly remembered

  • 7th anniversary observed

Hyderabad: The seventh death anniversary of YS Rajasekhara Reddy was observed on Friday throughout the two Telugu States. YSR’s wife Vijayamma, his son Jagan Mohan Reddy, daughter Sharmila paid tributes to the departed head of the family at Idupulapaya near Kadapa at their farm. YS Jagan’s wife Bharati, his aunts and other close relatives beside prominent YSRCP leaders were present at the prayers.

Programmes are underway at different places in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana State.

It may be recalled that seven years ago this day the the Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy left Hyderabad by helicopter for Chittoor district to inaugurate ‘Rachhabanda’ programme. The copter which was supposed to land at the destination with in one hour, at 10.30 am, went missing. The police and other agencies started search operations immediately with senior Minister K Rosaiah monitoring from the secretariat in Hyderabad. People across the State waited with bated breath for the good news of survival of YSR. But the hopes of crores of Telugu’s were belied and by evening of 2 September 2009 the fact of the missing copter not being traced started sinking in the minds of the agitated people. Twenty four hours after the helicopter went missing HMTV, a Telugu news channel, had broken the shocking news that the beloved leader and the officials accompanying him died in a crash. The copter crashed on Pavuralagutta in Nallamala forest area in Kurnool district. The visuals telecasted by the TV channel were shown by all the channels across the country. Many persons in the State were reported to have died on seeing the dead body of the departed leader. The then Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, AICC president Sonia Gandhi and many other national leaders from various parties descended on Hyderabad to pay their tributes to the most popular chief minister.

Dramatic developments followed the death of the strong man. The senior most colleague in the cabinet K Rosaiah was made the chief minister. TRS supremo Kalvakuntla Chandrasekhara Rao intensified the movement for separate State of Telangana. He went on indefinite fast on 30 November 2009. P Chidambaram, the then Union Home Minister, announced the decision to carve out a separate State. K Rosaiah was replaced by N Kiran Kumar Reddy. The Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill 2004 was passed by both the Houses of Parliament and the State was bifurcated with appointed day on 2 June 2014. The result was two States headed by TDP in AP and TRS in Telangana State.

In the seven years after the death of the most popular leader much water had flown in Krishna, Godavari and Musi rivers.

– Primepost Bureau

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