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YSR becomes first CM to visit Cherkupalem

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VIJAYAWADA, JULY 4. For the villagers of Cherkupalem, it was the first time any Chief Minister had come calling on them. And, they braved the scorching Sun for hours to catch a glimpse of the Chief Minister, Y.S. Rajasekara Reddy, when he arrived in this dusty village of Nandigama mandal.

As the huge cavalacade of over 50 vehicles meandered its way into the village, curious and enthusiastic villagers lined up on either sides to greet the Chief Minister. "This is the first time that any Chief Minister has visited our village. And we are only too anxious to catch a glimpse of the leader who is turning out to be a saviour for the farmers,'' said G. Venkaiah, who came all the way from the neighbouring Lakshmipur village. Despite the fact that the village falls in Nandigama Assembly constituency, a TDP stronghold, hundreds of people, particularly youth and women, waited patiently for several hours.

``After Dr. Reddy assumed office, the drinking water problem has been immediately solved in our village. We only wish that he lives up to the promise of completing the second phase of the Vedadri project to irrigate our parched lands,'' said a farmer Vishnu Murthy.

There were some poignant moments when a physically and mentally challenged 14-year-old, Venkateswara Rao, of Kollikonda village was carried to the venue by his father T. Seenu. The latter made a personal representation to the Chief Minister seeking financial help for the family. His eldest sons who suffer from congenital blindness and mental retardation, Seenu has two young daughters and a wife to look after. At several villages like Penganchiprolu, Brahmatlapalem, Gurvipalem and Paniapalem, a large number of women and men jostled with each other and gave represenations to the Chief Minister seeking employment, loans and other benefits. Dr Reddy visited more than dozen villages and addressed over 20 roadside meetings. At every meeting, the Chief Minister sought to assure the people that he would bring back the "Indiramma rajyam'' in the State.

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