Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Rajshekhera Reddy
Andhra CM, four others dead: PMO:
The Prime Minister Office has confirmed the death of
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Rajshekhera Reddy and four others
after their Bell 430 chopper crash-landed about 40 nautical miles
east of the Kurnool....
- A man of real grit and courage
In a state of shock, India mourns the untimely death of Andhra
Pradesh (AP) Chief Minister Y.S. Rajshekhera Reddy who died in a
chopper crash with four others.
Describing the incident as one of the saddest moment in his life,
Andhra Pradesh Governor N.D. Tewari said, "It would take me some
time to recover from it."
Congress party too expressed shock over YSR's untimely death and
termed it as an irreparable loss for the party. Reacting to his
tragic death in a chopper crash, the Congress said Reddy was
"utterly" devoted to the party, to the state of Andhra Pradesh and
to the country and his loss will be felt "very deeply".
"He was such a dynamic CM, dynamic human being and a man of the
people, something that will take us very long to come to terms
with," party spokesperson Jayanti Natarajan said.
said it was tragic that he died while actually engaged in the active
implementation of his "important schemes".
Reddy had recently led the Congress to a historic victory in the
Parliamentary elections in Andhra Pradesh.
Stating that YSR was a very hands on chief minister, Senior Congress
leader Renuka Chowdhury said, "He did not hesitate to work hard,
fight hard for issues dear to him. It is really very difficult to
talk about him in the past tense.”
United States Ambassador to India Timothy J. Roemer also offered
condolences to India on the loss of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y
S R Reddy and the four other victims of a tragic September 2
Chief Minister was a strong supporter of U.S-India friendship and
our bilateral partnership, visible in the strong economic and family
ties between the people of Andhra Pradesh and the United States,”
Ambassador Roemer said.
overall sentiment was that he was a man who focused very keenly on
development-related issues and achieved many of his objectives. Not
only people within his own party respected him, but also by the
opposition. He was a very tall leader in Andhra Pradesh politics.
Cutting across the party lines leaders from the opposition parties too
are expressing grief and offering condolence.
Terming the late Andhra leader as a ''son of the soil'', BJP
president Rajnath Singh described his death as shocking and added
that the tragedy has left a huge void in state and national
politics, a loss that is irreparable. The party has decided to keep
the party flag at half mast at its Delhi Headquaters.
Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leader Yerran Naidu said, "We are shocked by YSR’s
Owaisi, the sitting MP from Hyderabad and president of the
Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM), described Reddy as a down to
earth man, a person with a great temperament, a man of the masses.
Stating that he appreciated the good work done by YSR Asaduddin
Owaisi said, "He was the first chief minister of Andhra Pradesh to
do a lot of work for Muslims in the state."