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Andhra Pradesh and India lose a man of the people, a true grassroots leader!

Washington DC. September 4, 2009. U.S.-India Political Action Committee (USINPAC) expressed deep grief at the passing away of Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy, the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh in a helicopter crash on September 2, 2009.

Sanjay Puri, the chairman of USINPAC said that, "I am deeply saddened by this tragedy. YSR was born to serve the people and being a Chief Minister gave him a platform to serve a very large constituency. YSR was a politician who became a leader through his grassroots. He worked very hard to get to know his people and understand their daily problems. One of the ways he got to know his constituency was by walking 1,400 KM's through the villages of his constituency. It is unfortunate that he died just as he was emerging as a national leader of great potential".

Dr. Jagan Raju, a USINPAC Leadership Committee member who is originally from Andhra Pradesh and had known Chief Minister Reddy said, "I am shocked at the death of this great leader of the masses. His popularity can be seen from his being elected to India's Parliament four times. After he became the Chief Minister he seemed possessed to eradicate poverty and develop Andhra Pradesh to become India's Number one state. It is a great loss for the people of Andhra Pradesh as well as for India"

Mary Pawlenty, the First Lady of Minnesota who recently returned from Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh from a humanitarian mission coordinated by USINPAC expressed "distress and sadness" at the death of Chief Minister Reddy. She said, "It was my great honor and privilege to have met with him during my visit. I admired and respected him for his work, for his commitment to improving the lives of the people he served and for his dedication to public service. Losing his vision, strength and excellent leadership in India is truly sad."

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