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Shinde sworn in Governor

By Our Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD, NOV. 4. The former Maharashtra Chief Minister, Sushil Kumar Shinde, was sworn in Governor of Andhra Pradesh at a brief ceremony on the lawns of the Raj Bhavan here today. He was administered the oath of office by the High Court Chief Justice, Devinder Gupta.

The Chief Minister, Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy, and his Cabinet colleagues attended the ceremony. Mr. Shinde's wife, Ujwala, and family members were present. Conspicuous by his absence was the Leader of the Opposition, N. Chandrababu Naidu. A large contingent of Mr. Shinde's supporters came all the way from his native town, Solapur and adjoining districts of Maharashtra.

Soon after the Chief Secretary, Mohan Kanda, read out the warrant of appointment, Mr. Justice Gupta administered the oath to Mr. Shinde in Hindi. As Mr. Shinde finished taking the oath, there was wide applause from his supporters. The Chief Minister was the first one to offer a bouquet of roses to him.

A warm welcome

Earlier, on arrival at the Hyderabad airport along with senior Congress leader, Maragaret Alva, Mr. Shinde was received warmly by the Chief Minister, the Hyderabad Mayor, T. Krishna Reddy, N. Janardhan Reddy, G. Venkataswamy, V. Hanumantha Rao and T. Subbarami Reddy, MPs.

Talking to presspersons, the Governor said he did not feel bad about being asked to take over the gubernatorial post soon after an active political career. The Governor's post too involved service to people, as provided in the Constitution and found a mention in the oath he had just taken, he said.

On the naxalite issue, he said he too had experience in tackling it, with some parts of Maharashtra having their presence. It had social, backwardness, tribal and poverty angles which needed to be addressed. He was confident that the Rajasekhara Reddy Government would find a solution. As Chief Minister of Maharashtra he had an opportunity to share views with the Andhra Pradesh Government in the past, when he signed an agreement. He refused to talk about pending irrigation projects.

Dr. Rajasekhara Reddy said he was glad that a leader belonging to weaker sections having vast experience in public life and a good understanding of issues, had become the Governor.

In a message to people, Mr. Shinde described his assumption of office as the Governor as a memorable moment. "As I come to the magnificent city of Hyderabad, which is 400 years old, my mind recalls the entire panorama of the State's history embracing the Mahabharata and the Ramayana as well as the finest treasures of Urdu literature." He said he was glad to learn that the Government had already set in motion development projects for realising the tremendous irrigation potential, providing shelter to the underprivileged and employment to the youth.

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