Kick-starts 45-day ‘Odarpu Yatra' in Guntur district
Kadapa MP and YSR Congress president Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy began his ‘Odarpu Yatra' in Guntur district on Sunday evening by addressing a series of roadside meetings at Tadepalli and Mangalagiri.
Party leaders mobilised a large number of crowds and cars to make the tour a show of strength at a time when Mr. Jaganmohan Reddy was facing a CBI probe into allegations of possessing disproportionate income.
The first leg of the 45-day tour covering 715 km in 8 Assembly constituencies has already raised the pitch in the politically sensitive district. The party looks formidable as a clutch of former MLAs from the Congress and a TDP heavyweight Makineni Pedarathaiah have joined the ranks of the party.
On Sunday, Mr. Reddy was scheduled to console the families of Bolla Jacob (48) and Mallavarupu Babu (48) of Kuchanpadu and Kaza respectively.
Mr. Reddy, who was given a rousing welcome soon after he entered the district at Prakasam Barrage, unveiled a bronze statue of his father and former Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy at the Tadepalli Centre.
Prathipadu MLA M. Sucharita, party district convener Marri Rajasekhar, Guntur city convener Lella Appireddy, Polit Bureau member Makineni Pedarathaiah, Alla Ramakrishna Reddy, Donta Vema Reddy, and Munnagi Gopi Reddy, the two local leaders, welcomed Mr. Reddy.
Addressing the crowds at the Tadepalli Centre, Mr. Jagan said that both the Central and State governments, which rode to power on the welfare schemes initiated during the YSR's regime, were now trying to crucify the image YSR by foisting false cases against his family. All the welfare schemes started during the previous government were either being watered down or given a new name, he said.
Slamming both the Congress and Telugu Desam, Mr. Jaganmohan Reddy alleged that the two parties had entered into an “unholy alliance”' just to checkmate him and his party.
Seeking the support of the people, he promised to usher in governance that would be marked by transparency and accountability in the administration.