YSR Congress chief Jaganmohan Reddy’s marathon walk – Praja Sankalpa Yatra – entered the last district, Srikakulam. It is in this district at Itchapuram, the a little more than a year long walk is set to conclude.
Started at Idupulapaya in Kadapa district on November 6, 2017, Jaganmohan Reddy had walked through 12 districts so far covering more than 3,000 kilometres distance spread over close to 120 Assembly constituencies. The walk was peaceful all through except the attack on Jaganmohan Reddy at Visakhapatnam airport on October 25. Though Jaganmohan Reddy escaped with a minor injury to his hand, the incident also assumed political significance with the ruling Telugu Desam Party taking it light and heckling at Jaganmohan Reddy.
But, keeping this incident and the issue aside, the marathon walk started from Kadapa district had now reached successfully the other end of the State – Srikakulam. In a few weeks from now, he is set to conclude his walk and embark on bus yatra to cover the balance 50 Assembly constituencies which were not covered in the padayatra.
Jaganmohan Reddy had aptly utilised this one year period and the long walk to set his house in order. There were major political developments during this period. The party five MPs had to quit Parliament in protest against the denial of the special category status. In Rajya Sabha, the party had added one more member to help V Vijayasai Reddy.
He had seen over a dozen senior leaders or retired bureaucrats joining the YSR Congress, besides a handful of actors from the Telugu film industry. He had created history by leading a large number of people on Kanakadurga Varadhi across river Krishna and road-cum-rail bridge across Godavari during this walk. The crowd was so large that no politician would be able to lead such a walk in the near future.
Politically, he made his stand clear, particularly about the rumours on his party having alliance with the Jana Sena. He gave a hard hitting reply to his party leaders who have been mounting pressure on him to have alliance with Pawan Kalyan. Though there are rumours that both Jagan and Pawan would have electoral alliance, the YSR Congress chief had taken a firm decision to go alone in the next elections.
To be very clear, Jaganmohan Reddy had become a strong, politically, personally and ideologically, during his year-long and over 3000 km-long marathon walk. However, he still has the sword of CBI hanging over his head with the threats of being jailed any time. He is yet to escape from this threat and come out clean to further improve his electoral prospects.