August 31st, 2011
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Bye Barnala, Hi Rosaiah

Chennai: Former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and senior Congress leader K Rosaiah, who has been appointed as the Governor of Tamilnadu by President Pratibha Patil, arrived here today, where he was given a warm welcome by Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and her team of Ministers and officials.

He will officially take charge at a function to be held at Raj Bhavan later today. Earlier, when he reached Chennai through a flight, he was received by Jayalalithaa at the airport. The Chief Minister introduced the Cabinet Ministers and higher officials to Rosaiah.

On Tuesday, the Congress veteran resigned from the membership of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council. Rosaiah, who has been appointed Governor of Tamilnadu, met Council Chairman A Chakrapani Tuesday afternoon and submitted his resignation.

‘My political life began as a member of the AP Legislative Council and is coincidentally ending here,’ Rosaiah remarked nostalgically on the occasion, even as he was greeted by Chakrapani, Legislature Secretary S Raja Sadaram and others. Chakrapani immediately accepted Rosaiah’s resignation.

Rosaiah, who served as Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister from 3 September, 2009 to 24 November, 2010, is known as able administrator. Meanwhile, Governor Surjit Singh Barnala has expressed gratitude to people of Tamilnadu and the State government as he is set to demit office after a seven-year long stint.

Describing Tamilnadu as a ‘peaceful State’, Barnala in a statement said, ‘it is a unique privilege and a great honour to have served in Tamilnadu as Governor.’ ‘On demitting office, I express my warm and sincere thanks to the people of Tamilnadu from the bottom of my heart. It is their sincerity and hard work that had made Tamilnadu as one of the pioneering States in the country’, he said.

Barnala also thanked the State government, leaders of various political parties, Vice-Chancellors and officials for their ‘cordial cooperation’ and for their kind support. ‘I carry on the fond and pleasant memories, the kindness and compassion showered on me by the people of Tamilnadu. I wish the people of Tamilnadu peace, progress and prosperity,’ he said


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