The father had walked on the historic Godavari Bridge in 2003 and had returned to power in just less than one year. His daughter had walked on this bridge in 2013 and got her brother released from the jail in less than one year. Finally, the son walked on this bridge and the general elections are less than one year away from now.
It was on June 17 in 2003, late Y S Rajasekhar Reddy walked on this bridge as part of his Praja Prasthanam and had won the elections and became Chief Minister on June 14, 2004. His daughter Y S Sharmila had walked on this bridge on June 3, 2013 and got his brother Jaganmohan Reddy released from jail on September 24, 2013. This is what the people talk about the bridge and its connection to the YS family. On Tuesday, June 12, 2018, Jaganmohan Reddy walked on this bridge, and the people claim that he would sure of winning the election, which is just 11 months away from now or just six months away if the elections are advanced for December.
The YSR Congress leaders see a great turn out of people in the West Godavari district, a fortress of the ruling Telugu Desam Party. They also see a greater shift of people from the TDP to the YSR Congress in East Godavari district too. They claim that the party, which could not do well in the last elections, will do better, if not wonders, this time.
The party in waiting for power has every right to claim peoples’ support and victory. Convincingly, Jaganmohan Reddy’s padayatra had greater number of people all through. There was some visible change in the attitude of the dominant Kapus and Kshatriya communities in the West Godavari district during his tour. While it is to be seen how the Kapus in East Godavari district would receive Jaganmohan Reddy, the party is flying high on the success in one of the two Godavari districts.
The sentiment of crossing the Rajahmundry bridge is one positive sign for the party and its leaders. The family had tasted victory twice in the past connecting to this bridge. If that happens, besides the other issues, Jaganmohan Reddy’s mission to over-through TDP government from power is done successfully.