Walkathon season in Telugu States

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It’s Komati Reddy after Jagan declared he would do ‘Padayatra’.

Jaganmohan Reddy recently announced a padayatra across Andhra Pradesh. Considering the elections in the state are at least two years away, the move to consolidate support in the state at this point has raised several eyebrows.

At the YSRCP plenary at Acharya Nagarjuna University in Guntur last week, Jagan Reddy announced an almost manifesto-like list of promises if his party came to power. The nine promises were promptly dubbed the ‘Navaratnas of YSRCP’ by the party top brass.

Combined with this, he also introduced political strategist Prashant Kishor to his party members at the plenary meeting, as an advisor to the YSRCP. Prashant Kishor is seen as an architect of several electoral victories – including that of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, and Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh.

The venue also hosted Jagan’s drumming up of election fever with the announcement of a padayatra from Idupulapaya to Ichapuram, starting on October 27 this year. The walkathon aims at covering both the corners of the state in a duration of six months, covering 13 districts and a distance of 3000 km.

Similarly KomatiReddy Venkat Reddy announced padayatra in Telangana. PCC commented that it’s KomatiReddy’s personal decision and party has nothing to do with it.

Both Jagan and KomatiReddy is clearly inspired by the late YS Rajasekhara Reddy. YSR had taken out a massive padayatra, named ‘Prasthanam’, in the summer of 2003, ahead of the 2004 Assembly elections. The padayatra was one of the important factors in his winning the election and becoming Chief Minister.

In fact, Jagan also declared that he would like to be Chief Minister for 30 years.

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