Thousands, including TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu and senior party leaders, bid tearful farewell to party veteran and former Union minister Kinjarapu Yerran Naidu this morning at Nimmada village of Kota Bommali mandal in Srikakulam district of North Coastal Andhra Pradesh.
Yerran Naidu, who died in a road accident, was cremated with state honours at his native Nimmada village this morning. Telugu Desam chief N Chandrababu Naidu led scores of party leaders, workers and admirers in the funeral procession after which a gun salute was given by the police.
Srikakulam district Collector Saurabh Gaur placed a wreath on Yerran’s body on behalf of the State Government. Yerran Naidu's son Rammohan lit the pyre set in the family's agriculture field.
Chandrababu, who was accompanied by his son Lokesh, was in tears as he bid final adieu to his closest aide. Thousands of people from Srikakulam and neighbouring Vizianagaram district thronged Nimmada and paid homage to the departed leader, who had represented them in AP Legislative Assembly and Lok Sabha for four terms each.
Minister for Civil Supplies D Sridhar Babu, MP Madhu Yashki Goud, MLAs Nagam Janardhan Reddy and S Venugopalachari were among those who paid their last respects to Yerran Naidu.
Puducherry Lt Governor Iqbal Singh mourned the death of Yerran Naidu saying his demise was 'a great loss to the nation.' He also conveyed his condolences to members of the bereaved family and said he prayed to the Almighty to give them courage and strength to bear the loss.