On the fateful day of September 2nd ,2009, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Dr. Yeduguri Sandinti Rajasekhara Reddy , popularly known as YSR died in a Helicopter crash. This is definitly a shocking news to all of us in Andhra Pradesh. He is such a popular Chief Minister, he is a man of Masses and Classes. Its very tough to have such popular leader in near future in AP politics. His populist schemes like “Arogya Sree”, “Pavala Vaddi”, “108 services” , “Indiramma Illu”, “Uchita Current” , “Pensions for Old people” made him darling of the masses. Agree! That populist schemes are harmful for the economy in a long run , however one should understand that majority of the population is that chunk which is in need of ‘populist schemes’. Beauty of YSR’s administrative capabilities lied in the wonderful implementation of all these schemes.
How can we forget mentioning “YSR’s Paadayatra” while descrbing YSR? YSR covered all the backward areas of Andhra Pradesh in 2003 summer on foot. He walked all these 1400 km and enquired people about their problems personally. This yaatra took YSR to another high pedestal which no other leader of AP could reach. This yaatra made him the “Man of Masses”.
YSR’s life was not a bed of roses. He has to wait for more than 25 years to become Cheif Minister of Andhra Pradesh inspite of not losing in any one of the elections he contested. Do you know that YSR never lost in any election???He contested 8 times (4 times for Assembly and 4 times for Parliament) and he won all those 8 times inspite of several bad seasons of Congress party.
YSR’s cheerful smile and classy dressing is another major aspect of his style. He is famous as well as notorious for his SMILE. His smile used to encourage his fans and irritate his opponents 😉 . He used to dress in elegant dhoti in typical Andhra Pradesh style.
You all may think that I’m a diehard YSR fan . Its very tough for a Chandra Babu Naidu and Jaya Prakash Naryana’s fan to speak somany good words about YSR. But still ideological difference does’nt stop me in admiring wonderful administrator and human being like Dr Y.S. Rajashekara Reddy. Tears still rolldown my face even after 20 days of YSR’s demise when I see his home on my route to office. I miss you YSR Uncle 😦 😦 😦