YSR Congress party president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy on Monday crossed yet another historic milestone in his marathon Praja Sankalpa Yatra, a walkathon that has stirred the politics of Andhra Pradesh in the last one year.
Jagan will be completing his walk for 3,000 km, as he enters Srungavarapukota in Vizianagaram district. This is the longest padayatra ever taken up by any politician in the state.
Monday marked the 269th day of padayatra for Jagan. He began his walkathon on November 6th last year from the former late Chief Minister Y S Rajashekhara Reddy’s native place, Kadapa.
The mega walkathon is being undertaken with the slogan “Raavali Jagan, Kaavali Jagan” (Jagan should come, we want Jagan), aimed at catapulting him to power in the assembly elections due exactly few months from now.
Jagan launched the walkathon to reach out to at least two crore people across the 125 assembly segments in 13 districts of the state, covering a distance of over 3,000 km.
Though the padayatra was originally scheduled for 180 days and should have ended by now, but due to the overwhelming response from the people across all the districts covered so far Jagan decided to stretch, given its current pace.
Given the huge public response and irrespective of climate, he is covering about 13-15 km a day. So, it may take many more days for him to complete the rest of the walkathon.
Praja Sankalp Yatra is going to enter Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts before the foot march culminates at Icchapuram bordering Odisha.
The party leaders, MLAs, MLCs, MPs and other elected members are going to conduct a three-day padayatra spread across all the Assembly Constituencies and mandals featuring special activities and public address by taking the Navaratnalu scheme into every house starting September 25.
Within a year from completing Padayatra, Rajasekhara Reddy went on to become the Chief Minister (of the then undivided Andhra Pradesh).
People across the state implicit trust that this sentiment is going to work out for *“Rajanna Bidda”* and swear as Chief Minister of AP in 2019.
The confidence and support Jagan enjoys across all districts and all castes, seem to shift the gear towards YSRCP opine the experts.
Undoubtedly, the padayatra changed political scenario in AP and the party’s equations which has given a positive strength to party leaders, cadre and created 100 percent confidence among the cadre, say the party leaders.