September 2nd, 2011
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TN Governor praises Jayalalitha

rosaihChennai: Madras High Court Chief Justice M Y Eqbal administered the oath of office to Rosaiah at a function in Raj Bhavan here. He succeeds Surjit Singh Barnala. The brief function was attended by Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and her cabinet colleagues among others.

Soon after he was sworn-in, Jayalalithaa and Justice Eqbal presented bouquets to him. Rosaiah (78), a veteran Congress leader of Andhra Pradesh, brings with him a vast political and Ministerial experience having served as Chief Minister from 3 September, 2009, to 24 November, 2010, besides being a Minister in successive Congress governments in the State since 1979.

Rosaiah became Chief Minister following the death of Y S Rajasekhara Reddy in a helicopter crash. After tumultuous 14 months as Chief Minister during which he faced the twin challenges posed by Telanagana movement and the then dissident leader Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, he quit the top post on health grounds paving the way for incumbent Kiran Kumar Reddy. Born in a middle class agricultural family at Vemuru in

Guntur district on 4 July, 1933, Rosaiah did graduation in Commerce and was active in politics since his student days. Belonging to Vaishya community, he was first elected to Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council in 1968 and became a minister in 1979 under M Channa Reddy who incidentally was Tamilnadu Governor during AIADMK’s first government in 1991-96.

Rosaiah, initiated into politics by veteran freedom fighter late N G Ranga, is the 22nd Governor of Tamilnadu. Pointing out that Chennai was the capital of Tamilnadu and many parts of the present Andhra Pradesh till 1953, Rosaiah said his political career had begun then, and political leaders of that period had been a source of guidance to people like him. ‘It is my fortune to be the Governor of a big State like Tamilnadu.’

On assuming the post, he ceased to be an active political worker and he would discharge his duties as per the Constitution. He would ever remain helpful to all, he told journalists after the ceremony. Praising the Chief Minister, Rosaiah said Jayalalithaa had been supportive of the people of the State.

Describing himself as a person who had been reading a number of newspapers every day since 1952, Rosaiah said that even now his day began with reading 10 newspapers. He would interact with the media regularly. He knew some Tamil and he had started learning the language, he said. In his interaction with journalists, he spoke in Telugu, English and Tamil.

Later, Chief Justice Eqbal and Jayalalithaa introduced the Judges of the Madras High Court and State cabinet Ministers, respectively, to Rosaiah.Several well-known personalities from Andhra Pradesh including actor-politician Chiranjeevi, industrialist Subbiramy Reddy and many others were present at the swearing-in ceremony.


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