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Friday, September 04, 2009 10:26:26 AM, & Agencies

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Rajshekhera Reddy

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New Delhi/Malegaon: More than 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.


Stating that 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, “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.”


Applauding 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.”


Like millions 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."


Stating that 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.







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