TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu crossed a milestone in his padayatra breaking the record of former Chief Minister late Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy here on Thursday.
Mr. Naidu crossed 1,500 kilometres as part of his mass contact programme ‘Vastunna Meekosam’ which he started three months ago. He will be completing 100 days of his padayatra on January 9 in Khammam district and the party leaders are planning a big celebration.
Former Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy walked for 1468.8 k.m. in 2004 which secured him the coveted Chief Minister post.
Mr. Naidu unveiled a stone plaque commemorating his yatra at Pallarguda village in Sangem mandal, a stronghold of the TDP.
He has so far covered 40 Assembly constituencies during his padayatra. The local leaders and party cadre burst into jubilation and celebrated the event by raising slogans hailing their leader who embarked on the massive exercise with the fond hope of bringing back the party to power in the State.
At Kommala stop in Geesukonda mandal, some youth tried to obstruct the meeting by raising ‘Jai Telangana’ slogans.
However, the TDP workers and police prevailed over and scouted them away.
Mr. Naidu dedicated most of his time to tell people how Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy looted the State and the TRS playing with the sentiments of people for their selfish ends. Seeking to know from the crowd if anyone had ever seen one crore rupees,
Mr. Naidu went explaining how 500 denomination notes make a crore and how many trucks would one lakh crore rupees fill.
“We need one thousand lorries to fill one lakh crore rupees. Even if a little is sent to Geesukonda, you will witness enormous development,” he told the gathering.
Urging people not to believe in TRS leaders, the TDP leader said the TRS leaders were in utter confusion after his party made its stand clear on the separate Telangana issue.
He reiterated that his party never opposed the Telangana and would never do so.
He wanted the people to vote for TDP for better days and to end problems such as rising prices and shortage of power in villages.