Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao today said it was really a painful moment to lose services of Governor ESL Narasimhan, who had a first-hand understanding and awareness of the background of Telangana Statehood movement, the formation of the new State and journey of the new State.
The CM said he shared several great memories with Narasimhan, who always patted him on the back, inspired, encouraged and instilled confidence in him. The CM said for every festival, the Governor couple used to organize functions on a grand scale at Raj Bhavan and now those lip-smacking delicious taste of food items will be missed. The CM said the inspiration, guidance given by Narasimhan would be taken forward in the future.
The heart-touching farewell meeting to Narasimhan was held here on Saturday at Pragathi Bhavan. Speaking on the occasion, KCR recalled his long association with Narasimhan and how he (the Governor) stood by him (KCR) and encouraged at every moment of time. KCR said it was painful that Narasimhan was leaving after completion of his term of office of the Governorship.
“For the last nine-and-a-half years, Narasimhan discharged his duties in three major roles, first as Governor of the united AP, later Governor of Telangana State and AP and finally Governor of the Telangana State. I discharged my duties in two roles, first as a Telangana movement activist leader, later as the CM. During this period there are several great memories between us.
“When the Telangana Statehood movement was at its peak, Narasimhan, a former IPS officer, came as Governor. Some had fears that Narasimhan was appointed only to crush the Telangana Statehood movement. I met him around the same time. He enquired with me with a lot of interest about the background of the Telangana statehood movement and reasons for it remaining alive for so many years. As a former Intelligence Bureau Chief and with his vast experience, I have expressed confidence that he would send correct reports about the Telangana Statehood movement and on-demand of the people. I have expressed this in those early days,” the CM said.
“The Telangana State was formed when Narasimhan was the Governor. TRS came to power twice during his tenure ship. I have a special relationship with him. I always regarded his as an elderly gentleman and elder brother. He also did not treat me as a CM but as a younger brother. He used to discuss with me about the pros and cons of several schemes introduced by the government. He used to enquire about aims and objectives of the schemes. He immensely liked KCR Kits, Haritha Haram, Double Bed Room Houses and Mission Bhagiratha schemes. He expressed satisfaction that these schemes are very useful for the poor.
“He also used to inquire about the financial situation in the State. He would pat me and instill confidence in me whenever sometimes I was hurt or faced adverse conditions. He would bless me that since I was working for the welfare of people, I should make my human effort and God would shower his blessings. He always wanted that every task that is undertaken should be accomplished. Each time I went to Raj Bhavan he would affectionately talk with me. He would discuss all matters with me. He has turned Raj Bhavan into Praja Vedika. Anyone had a chance to go to Raj Bhavan and convey the problems they are facing. For all those visited Raj Bhavan, the Governor couple used to comfort them like parents. The Governor used to explain about the good work done by the Telangana State government to the Central Ministers and Central Institutions. This has got us several appreciations. He also showed initiative in solving issues between the Telangana State and Andhra Pradesh State,” the CM said.
“When we launched the reconstruction work of Yadadri, the Governor couple with utmost religious allegiance wore sacred clothes and took part in the Pooja program. I have lost my parents. I do not have an elder brother. I wanted to seek blessings from the elders and start this work. For me, the Governor couple is the elders. Like a younger brother, I touched their feet and took blessings and launched the work. That work is being continued successfully. Narasimhan should come back once the Yadadri works are completed. He should participate in the Pooja. The affection and love shown by Narasimhan will be remembered forever, “ The CM said. Like the respect we gave to Narasimhan, we will also extend the same to the new Governor. We will protect the prestige of Raj Bhavan,” the CM said.
KCR’s culture taught me a lot: Narasimhan
Governor Narasimhan made an emotional reply to the farewell given to him. “Giving respect to elders, showing humanity when someone is in distress and living up to the faith, these qualities I found in KCR.
Sometimes when I called him and said Namskaram, he would immediately tell me elders should not greet namskaram to the youngers. That culture has taught me a lot. When my mother passed away, KCR reached me within 15 minutes. He said he would take care of everything and as he promised he did take care of everything. He sent me by Chopper to immerse the ashes. He made all the required arrangements at the temples and showed his humanity. When I came as Governor, as a leader of the Telangana movement, KCR said he would always cooperate with me. He stood by his word. He showed his faith. Mutual faith has always there between us,” the Governor said.
“There is humanity in several schemes brought in by KCR. There is humanity in KCR Kits and Double Bed Room Houses Schemes. The visionary that KCR is demonstrated in the irrigation projects and in Mission Bhagiratha. Maintenance of law and order is very good in Telangana State. KCR used to explain to me about every scheme and aim behind them. When I asked whether there are enough financial resources, KCR would confidently tell me that Telangana State is a rich State. Several schemes of Telangana used to come up for discussions all over the country. I have told the PM on how the CM operates a computer and handles mouse and gives a presentation on the screen about several schemes. KCR knows the pulse of the people and their problems. This is the reason why he brought in several good schemes. I have learned a lot working with him. We used to discuss matters for hours together. We used to have sharp and fiery discussions. Under KCR leadership Bangaru Telangana can be realized. Where ever I am, when I read reports that Telangana stood first in such and such a sector, or it is on top on a certain issue, I would feel very happy. My name as the first Governor of Telangana State would there forever, nobody ever can change it,” the Governor said.
The Governor laced his speech with several Sanskrit slokas and repartees. “So many people talk about Kalvakuntla Chandrashekhar Rao and they all speak without meeting (Kaluva Kunta), but I speak meeting him. My name is Narasimhan and I have lived up to my name or else people say I did not live up to my name, hence sometimes I had put on the Narasimha Avatar.
When the Governor couple reached Pragathi Bhavan at 12.30 PM, The CM couple, ministers, higher officials accorded a warm welcome and felicitated them. The CM held a lunch in honour of the Governor couple after the farewell meeting. The CM had earlier announced in the meeting the lunch would be strictly vegetarian without even garlic or onions. After the lunch, the Government couple returned to Raj Bhavan. The CM couple walked up to the car and bade farewell to the Governor couple.
Earlier, Government’s Chief Advisor Rajiv Sharma, Chief Secretary SK Joshi, DGP Mahender Reddy and PCCF Ms Shobha spoke.
Speaker P Srinivas Reddy, Deputy Speaker Padma Rao, Legislative Council Vice Chairman Vidyasagar, TRS Parliamentary party leader Keshav Rao, Ministers Etela Rajender, Vemula Prashanth Reddy, G Jagdeesh Reddy, Koppula Eswar, Errabelli Dayakar Rao, Malla Reddy, Niranjan Reddy, Sri Mahmood Ali, Srinivas Goud, T Srinivas Yadav, Indrakaran Reddy, Planning Commission Vice Chairman Vinod Kumar, Government Advisors Tankasala Ashok, Sri GR Reddy, Anurag Sharma, AK Khan, Assembly Secretary Vedantam Narasimhacharyulu, MP Santosh Kumar, MLA KT Rama Rao, former MP Ms K Kavita, IAS, IPS, IFS officers along with their spouses attended the meeting.