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Celebration mood:Congress workers taking out a procession in Tirupati on Thursday, ahead of the swearing-in of N. Kiran Kumar Reddy as the new Chief Minister.
TIRUPATI: With news trickling of Nallari Kiran Kumar Reddy's selection as the 16th Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, his followers started making celebrations in his native Chittoor district on Thursday.
The festive mood was however palpable more in Madanapalle area in the western half of the district, where he hails from.
A celebratory mood gripped his village Nagiripalle abutting the little town of Kalikiri, 75 km from Tirupati, as his followers and youth wing leaders burst crackers and remained glued to television sets. Party leaders from his constituency headquarters of Piler also rejoiced right from Wednesday night, after the selection was officially announced.
Leaders led by PCC joint secretary P. Naveen Kumar Reddy and Tirupati Cooperative Bank Director Bhuvan Kumar Reddy took out a colourful procession from Rajiv Circle in Tirupati on Thursday.
They saw a ‘ray of hope' in Kiran with regard to solving the problems plaguing the State. Chittoor District Mahila Congress President K. Prameela hailed Nallari's selection as a welcome step towards bringing peace in the State.
In a mail flashed to the Chief Minister's Office, SVIMS Director B. Vengamma and staff members congratulated Mr. Reddy on taking charge.
At its general body meeting, the INTUC-affiliated The National Construction Workers Union hailed the appointment of a person from Chittoor district for the top post.
Be it the drawing rooms of party leaders or tea kiosks, the major topic of discussion today was whether Nallari was the second or fourth person from Chittoor district to become Chief Minister. Many would have forgotten that Neelam Sanjiva Reddy and N.T. Rama Rao were elected from Srikalahasti and Tirupati respectively when they adorned the Chief Minister's chair, much before N. Chandrababu Naidu made it from Kuppam.
“It is another matter that the two resigned later. Technically speaking, Kiran is the fourth Chief Minister from Chittoor”, a senior party leader reasoned.
PCC member and his close follower Naresh Kumar Reddy said his appointment would expedite the Handri Neeva irrigation project and wet the parched throats of Madanapalle revenue division.
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