The proposed visit of YSRC president Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy to Kuppam, represented by TDP chief N.Chandrababu Naidu, this weekend is expected to be interesting in more aspects than one. The maiden visit in the rival’s home turf is also likely to trigger enough sparks, going by the mood in the party camps.
Having embarked on the anti-bifurcation plank, the party has announced to hold ‘Samaikya Sankharava Yatra’ by touring the Seemandhra region, right from Kuppam on the south-western tip to Srikakulam on the north-east, to gather public support. At Kuppam, Jagan is all set to prove a point not only with his tirade against the Centre’s ‘authoritarian’ decision, but also on Mr. Naidu’s contribution in ‘hastening’ the division process by giving the ‘consent letter’. As part of the yatra, he is expected to tour Chittoor district for a period of ten days, albeit with a break, the largest ever for him so far.
For the first time, the party is all set to unveil the statues of former Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy at five places in Kuppam. The statues are ready to be erected in Kuppam town, Kuppam Engineering College vicinity, Santhipuram, Ramakuppam and Gudupalle (to be finalized). YSRC central committee member B. Karunakar Reddy and Parliamentary constituency in-charge Peddireddy Mithun Reddy are said to be closeted for a crucial review meeting at Kuppam on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the Telugu Desam says there is no reason to be unnerved at the ‘Jagan jamboree’. “We won by a thumping margin of 47,000 votes in Kuppam, in spite of the Rs.30 crore pumped in from the neighbouring State. Both the Congress and YSRC will be routed in the forthcoming elections”, the TDP general secretary and Kuppam in-charge G. Srinivasulu told The Hindu.
As Jagan had not conducted the ‘Odarpu Yatra’ in Chittoor district so far, this anti-bifurcation sojourn may most probably run concurrent with the spree of consolation meetings with the kin of those who breathed their last on hearing the news of YSR’s death.