Terming TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu’s padayatra as a “farcical exercise,” YSR Congress Party leader Sharmila alleged that Mr. Naidu was about to conclude his foot march amid much fanfare without understanding the woes of the people. Comparing her father late Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy’s padayatra in the past with that of Mr. Naidu, she said, “My father continued his foot march in peak summer when the temperature hovered around a record 50 degree Celsius. He mingled with the people and consoled the aggrieved masses throughout his padayatra. In sharp contrast, Mr. Naidu is about to wind up his “rhetorical padayatra” well ahead of peak summer season tomorrow in Visakhapatnam. Mr. Naidu’s padayatra resembled hi-tech features as he wore a solar fan cap at several places en route his yatra and he lacked commitment to understand the problems confronted by masses,” she charged.

Ms. Sharmila addressed a public meeting here on Friday night as part of her ongoing padayatra in the district. She came down heavily on both Mr. Naidu and Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy accusing them of pursuing opportunistic politics.