The YSR Congress leaders on Saturday met N. Sambasiva Rao, DGP, and submitted a letter informing him about the ‘Praja Sankalpa Yatra’ proposed by its president Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy from Monday.
Party Political Affairs Committee members Ummareddy Venkateswarlu and Kolusu Parthasarathi and senior leader Botsa Satyanarayana said the Leader of the Opposition would tour all the 13 districts, covering 3,000 km, in seven months.
He would interact with different sections, Mr. Venkateswarlu said.
A senior police officer said the Opposition Party could take up the ‘padayatra’ and there was no need to seek permission specifically from the police for it.
However, the party leaders should follow the guidelines framed by the Supreme Court, he said.
The ‘padayatra’ will begin from Idupulapaya in Kadapa district and culminate at Ichchapuram in Srikakulam district. Many MLAs, MLCs and party leaders would accompany the party president they said and asked Mr. Rao to beef up security for Mr. Reddy.
‘Will follow protocol’
“As Mr. Jagan Mohan Reddy has `Z+Category’ security, we will follow the protocol and provide security to him. Instructions have been given to the SPs of all the districts to beef security for the ‘padayatra’”, the DGP said.
According to the Supreme Court orders, the organisers should submit the route plan to the police and weapons are prohibited in the march. An undertaking is to be given assuring peaceful yatra and an officer of the rank of SP or above should supervise and take videograph it.
If the programme turns violent, the officer in-charge shall immediately alert the government with the video clippings and other evidence. The State government, in turn, shall file a petition in the High Court with all information for taking suo motu action.
Under the Prevention of Damage to Public Property (PDPP) Act 1984, no person should resort to damage of public property and shall give an undertaking to that effect.