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YSR takes over for his second term

June 3, 2009 20:59 IST

YSR gets multi-faith blessing on first day

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Y S Rajasekhara Reddy took charge of his office at the state secretariat, almost two weeks after he had taken oath as the Chief Minister for the second consecutive term. He arrived at the Secretariat at around 0700 hrs to a tumultuous welcome by the officials, employees and took the office amid the prayers by the religious heads of different communities.

The Chief Minister's chamber at the 6th Floor of C Block echoed with the vedic hymns chanted by the Pundits from the Tirumala and Srisailam temples followed by the prayers by Christian and Muslim religious heads. Earlier he also offered prayers at a Hanuman Temple near the Secretariat.

Text: Mohammed Siddique

Image: YSR is blessed by Hindu priests
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YSR seeks blessings for second term

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Reddy, who has become the only Congress Chief Minister to take office for the second consecutive term after completing first five years in power, profusely thanked the people for the honor. "When I occupy this seat for the second consecutive term, I have no words to express my gratitude to the people. I can only say that I will strive every nerve to live up their expectations", he said.

Image: AP CM prays with a Muslim preacher
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YSR takes charge for the second time

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The CM said that his dream and commitment now was to make Andhra Pradesh a role model in good governance, effective delivery mechanism, completion of projects and implementation of programs. "Transparency, efficiency, accountability, responsibility and effective delivery should be our five word mantra", he told the officials warning them that the people will not tolerate any failure.


Image: YSR with a pastor in his office
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YSR takes charge as Andhra CM

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"People want results. They want the benefits of the government schemes to reach them at the earliest. They don't want middlemen. They don't want to tolerate any delay, corruption and nepotism. We have to work to their expectations", he said. YSR, who till now was working from his official residence and camp office, signed the files pertaining to grant more funds for the seeds and fertilizers subsidy and new guidelines for effective disbursement of scholarships among the SC,ST, BC and minority students.


Image: YSR in his office
Photographs: Snaps India
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