twenty four hours after the government sources confirmed the death
of Andhra Pradesh (AP) Chief Minister YS Rajshekhar Reddy in a
September 02 chopper crash, people in the state are still struggling
to believe his untimely demise. Besides the condolence messages
that are pouring in from every corner of the state, the grieving
people continue to applaud the work YSR had done for the minorities
and the underprivileged during his tenure as Chief Minister. A
savior for the minorities and the underprivileged has gone, minority
leaders unanimously state.
YSR’s demise is irreparable damage to the cause of the minorities in
the state, VP Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMLB) and President of
Tamir Millat Abdur Rahim Qureshi told ummid.com, “I had met him so
many times in his tenure as Chief Minister. Like him no one had
given a patient hearing for the cause of the minorities specially the
Muslims in the state before.”
YSR’s decision to approve the reservation for Muslims in Andhra
Pradesh (AP) Abdur Rahim Qureshi said, “Besides approving the
reservation for the Muslims, his decision to extend the benefits
given to Dalits to Dalit Muslims required a real grit and
determination that was only part of YSR.”
of people in India, Khalid - a journalist attached with a prominent
electronic media who had followed YSR for years is also in a state
of shock ever since the sad demise of the chief minister is made
public. “Like reservation for the Muslims, benefits to the Muslim
Dalits, scholarships for the minorities, education opportunities to
the deprived lot and making Urdu as a compulsory second language,
there are ample number of important decisions YSR had taken during his
tenure as CM and there were many more supposed to follow”, Khalid
said and added, “One can only hope that whoever succeeds this great
leader carries the work of YSR forward with the same determination."
at the time when the country faces the real dearth of ‘practically
secular’ leaders, the passing away of YSR is a great loss, Professor
Yusuf who is attached to the Cenral University in Hyderabad said to
“I saw in YSR a commitment to work for the people specially
the minorities and the backward classes. I found him working with
equal attention for everyone without considering political,
religious or regional differences.”
Syed Shahabuddin - ex member of
parliament and head of several Muslims NGOs in his condolence
message said that at the time when people of Andhra Pradesh in
general and minorities in particularly were banking on him, his
death is tragic and untimely, to say the least.
Muslim political fraternity too express grief and sorrow over YSR's
tragic death. Minister of State for Railways E.Ahamed in his condolence message,
said, "Dr. Reddy who had served the people with dedication and
commitment, was a mass leader and his services for Andhra Pradesh
and the country can never be forgotten."
He said that with the sad demise of Dr. Reddy, the minority Muslim
community has lost a very friendly and secular leader who lived up
to the ideals of communal amity and religious harmony to the core.
Dr. Reddy was an asset to the nation and above all, a wonderful
personality, loved by millions of people, Ahamed added.
Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy, Dr. Farooq Abdullah,
also termed it as irreparable loss for Andhra Pradesh and the country.
Asaduddin 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.