Following are the messages Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and party general secretary Rahul Gandhi wrote in the condolence book after paying homage to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy:
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh:
In the sad and most untimely demise of Dr. Y S Rajasekhara Reddy, our country has lost an outstanding leader and the people of Andhra Pradesh have lost an ideal Chief Minister who was personally concerned to the welfare of the poor.
My heartfelt sympathies go to the members of the bereaved family and the people of Andhra Pradesh.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi:
I am here to bid my last farewell to my colleague Chief Minister Rajasekhara Reddy. A dynamic, visionary, progressive leader who throughout his career strived for the upliftment of the poor, of the farmers, for the empowerment of women and welfare of children.
As Chief Minister he was untiring in his effort to work for the people of the state.
For us in the Congress Party his passing is a huge loss. We shall always cherish his contribution and we shall take inspiration from the manner in which day and night he worked tirelessly for all sections of society.
I convey my deep felt condolences to his family, his friends and supporters.
Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi:
YSR was true leader. Andhra Pradesh and India have had a tremendous loss. I personally learnt a lot from the Chief Minister. He is an inspiration to those who would like to impact the lives of the poor people of our country. It is a sad day for all of us. My condolences to the family and the people of Andhra Pradesh.