Tastes Rayalaseema cuisine
Thu 11 Sep 2008 Source-The Hindu
KADAPA: United Progressive Alliance Chairperson Sonia Gandhi had a taste of Rayalaseema cuisine at a luncheon hosted by Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy at his remodelled residence in YSR Estates close to Idupalapaya where she earlier inaugurated the IIIT on Thursday.
The Chief Minister’s wife, Vijayalakshmi, his brother and Kadapa MP Y.S. Vivekananda Reddy, son Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy, daughter-in-law Bharathi, grandson Y.S. Raja Reddy, daughter Sharmila and son-in-law Anil Kumar besides AICC general secretary Veerappa Moily and APCC president D. Srinivas joined them at the lunch.
Ten tables laid
In all, 10 dining tables were put up under pandals in front of the house. Some 43 leaders were invited for the lunch in which about 40 vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes were served, all prepared by a hotelier of Hyderabad.
Tirupati Special Correspondent adds: UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi showered lavish praise on Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy for a range of “pro-poor and pro-women” schemes launched by the Congress government in the State. Ms. Gandhi said former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi would have been overwhelmed had she been alive to see the schemes being implemented in the State. At another meeting at Idupulapaya , she appreciated the efforts to open 14 universities in different parts of the State and said it reflected Dr. Reddy’s commitment on social empowerment.
TIRUPATI: The Congress camp is upbeat over the success of the much-touted meeting of the UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi at Tirupati today. Unlike previous Sonia meetings where arrangements used to be ordinary-be it in mobilising the crowd, the facilities at the venue or orderly conduct of the proceedings on the dias, this one was a high-profile event from the beginning.
Going meticulously by a well-prepared and well-rehearsed plan of action, the organisers, who included half a dozen ministers, the PCC President, the District Collector M. Ravinchandra, Superintendent of Police P. Lakshmi Reddy and of course the chief of the Tirupati Municipal Corporation and the Tirupati Urban Devdelopment Authority (TUDA) Mohan Reddy slogged at the venue from day one to spruce it up, have all done a good job of it.
Against an expected 2 lakh SHG members, the organisers succeeded in mobilising women close to this figure from the mandals of Chittoor, Nellore and Kadapa districts in a remarkably-disciplined and punctual manner aboard the 2,500-odd vehicles mostly belonging to the APSRTC requisitioned for the job. They also saw them off safely.
Besides the Union Minister Panabaka Lakshmi and the AICC Secretary Iqbal Singh, State Cabinet Ministers Chinna Reddy, A. Ramanarayana Reddy, R. Chenga Reddy and G. Arunakumari participated in the programme. Chief Whip, Kiran Kumar Reddy was present.
Senior congress leaders and MPs V. Hanumantha Rao, Madhu Yashki Gowd, V. Arunkumar also were present at the meeting.
eenadu News articale on 11 september 2008