YSR laid to rest in his homestead

YSR laid to rest in his homestead


Indian army personnel hold a photograph of Andhra Pradesh state Chief Minister Y.S.R. Reddy on his coffin, as they pass through a street during his funeral procession in Hyderabad.

The body was brought to the 100 acre Idupulapaya Estate, 40 km from this town in Kadapa district, earlier in the day with crowds surging forward in grief.

As his coffin was lowered into the grave, it marked the end of the Lion of Kadapa who had gone from here to become one of India's most powerful politicians after steering the Congress to a second win in the assembly elections this year.

YSR, as he was known, was killed with four others when his helicopter crashed in the Nallamala forests in Kurnool district. His charred body was found Thursday morning, more than 24 hours after his helicopter went missing.

Idupulapaya Estate in his Kadapa district was the place he loved the most. The lush green family estate spread over 100 acres is located 40 km from Pulivendula town.
YSR, as he was popularly known, stayed at the estate during his every visit to Kadapa district and inquired about various plantations in the estate. The place was also close to his heart as his parents were interred there.

The estate, owned by YSR's family for over three decades, was at the centre of a controversy as opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) had alleged that the family acquired the land in violation of various regulations. A case filed by a TDP leader is pending in the court.
YSR, who had surrendered over 600 acres of the estate land in 2006 for distribution among poor, had stated on a number of occasions that his father Y.S. Raja Reddy bought the land from his hard earned money and cultivated it.

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