Guv turns 70: KCR, Naidu, many VIPs greet him

Governor of AP and Telangana States E.S.L. Narasimhan turned 70 on Friday and celebrated his birthday.

Chief Ministers of both Telugu States N. Chandrababu Naidu and K. Chandrasekhar Rao and a host of dignitaries, officials and non-officials, called on the Governor at Raj Bhavan since morning and greeted him with bouquets and garlands. Chief Minister KCR, along with the Speaker of the Assembly and Chairman of the Council and his cabinet colleagues, MPs and legislators called on the Governor and conveyed greetings and best wishes to the Governor.

The Prime Minister called the Governor over phone and conveyed his greetings.  Birthday wishes poured from across the two Telugu States. The Governor flanked by his wife Vimala Narasimhan and KCR addressing TRS leaders said though he has been celebrating his birthday for many years, this was the most memorable one which he would remember for ever. He was overwhelmed to see the entire TRS government coming to greet him and felt that the entire Telangana State has come to greet him.

Responding to the greetings, the Governor said “Your greetings and wishes are very encouraging.  It is further boost to work more and I express my heartfelt thanks to everyone, who greeted me on my birthday. Today is a memorable day in my life.  Though I have celebrated 70 birthdays till now, this 71st birthday is something different. It is as if I am addressing the whole State of Telangana as leaders from across the State are here in the Raj Bhavan to greet me. You are my whole strength and it gives me strength to work with renewed vigour”, the Governor said.

The Governor said that “for the past 29 months two days, I have been closely observing the functioning of the Government. You are doing an excellent job and your contribution for the progress of the State is marvellous. I can feel the confidence in your faces. Under the leadership of KCR, I strongly believe that the State will further progress”, he said addressing all those who greeted him.

He appealed to them to lend their contribution for the State to make further strides. “As the first Governor of this State I wish all the best for Telangana”, he stated.

In the morning, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu visited the Raj Bhavan and greeted the Governor. He presented a shawl and a bouquet to the Governor. The Governor recalled his long association with Chandrababu Naidu and called him as his old friend. Later, Chandrababu closeted with the Governor for about half-an- hour in the main house of the Raj Bhavan.

Chief Secretary of Telangana Rajiv Sharma, Director General of Police Anurag Sharma, City Police Commissioner Mahender Reddy and several senior officials and non-officials also called on the Governor on the occasion and conveyed their personal greetings to him. (NSS)