Chief Minister Y S Jaganmohan Reddy recalled the memories of his historic marathon walk from Idupulapaya to Itchapuram, covering 3,648 km in 14 months, which brought him to power. The walk was a history in Indian politics and he met cross sections of the people all through and understood their problems. He designed his 2019 election manifesto based on the issues raised by the people and the promises that he had made to them during those interactions.
He recalled those memories when a pictorial book on his walk was released by senior journalist Sekhar Gupta at the Chief Minister’s Camp office at Tadepalli on Monday. The book was written by senior journalist K Ramachandra Murthy. He said that his 60-day governance had the base of fulfilling the promises that he had made to the people during his walk and reiterated that the rest of the five years would continue on those lines. He said he was designing every programme to address the problems of the people that he had seen during his walk. His government would be guided by those issues, he said.
He further claimed that he had fulfilled over 80 per cent of the promises that he had made. The rest of the issues would be rolled out in the days to come, he asserted. The distance between Hyderabad and Dubai is 3,000 km. But, I walked for 3,648 km, which is even longer than the distance to Dubai, he said. He further said that he had received 50 per cent of the votes in the last election, which was a history. No party had secured 50 per cent votes in any election in the State. But, that had further made him to commit himself to serve the people. “I don’t know I could walk that long in future, but it was a great accomplishment,” he said.
Sekhar Gupta termed Jaganmohan Reddy as the successful young chief minister in the country. He felt that the leaders should have strong will power and commitment towards the people, which are found in Jaganmohan Reddy.