More than six months after taking over as Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, K. Rosaiah on Monday moved to the official residence-cum-camp office at Begumpet here after its refurbishment as per ‘vaastu’ traditions.
Rosaiah, who had taken over as chief minister following the tragic death of Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy in a helicopter crash on September 2 last year, entered the official residence at 8.46 am, the auspicious time fixed by vedic pundits.
The 77-year-old leader will now discharge his duties from the ultra-luxury residence-cum-camp office, which was built and inaugurated by Rajasekhar Reddy in 2005.
Rosaiah, who had been residing in his own house in Ameerpet area, moved only after the official residence was refurbished as per ‘vaastu’ traditions and advice by his family priests.
The devastating floods that hit the state a month after YSR’s death, the campaign by YSR’s loyalists to make his son the chief minister and the state-wide agitation over the Telangana issue had delayed Rosaiah’s plans to shift to the camp office.
Accompanied by some of his cabinet colleagues, state Congress president D. Srinivas and other leaders, Rosaiah performed ‘puja’ before entering the building amid the chanting of vedic hymns by priests.
Congress legislator Marri Sashidhar Reddy, who closely monitored the ‘vaastu’ alteration work, was also present.
Ministers and Congress leaders had been requesting Rosaiah to move to the camp office in view of public and security conveniences.
After assuming charge as the chief minister in 2004, YSR had got built the office-cum-residence and moved in on Jan 5, 2005 without any rituals.
YSR continued performing his duties from the camp office till his death in a chopper crash. His son Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy and other family members vacated the building a couple of months ago. (IANS)