It is not wrong to follow in your father's footsteps if it brings along with it some advantages, or by a stroke of luck, maybe even the coveted chair of the chief minister. Following in the footsteps of his father and former Congress chief minister, late YS Rajasekhar Reddy, the opposition chief and president of YSR Congress party YS Jagmohan Reddy has decided to launch a marathon padayatra to turn the heat on the ruling TDP government.
As of now, it is still only in the idea form, but many in the party believe that it will definitely happen. While the idea is gaining momentum among the party cadre, Jagan has not yet given his nod and so the roadmap and schedule is yet to be fixed.
Having said that, Jagan is the quintessential opposition leader, always ready to create ruckus and be the proverbial thorn on the side of the ruling party. In fact, very early in his political life, he had started a mini-padayatra called the Oodarpu yatra, meeting with those families who had lost members to the shock of hearing the news of YS Rajasekhar Reddy's death. After that, he has continuously conducted rallies for various reasons including farmers' deaths, accident victims, floods etc.
He has chosen five places across the state of Andhra Pradesh, where he will highlight the NDA government’s ‘broken’ promise of special category status to the state.
He started off his first rally at Visakhapatnam and the others to follow will be at Rajahmundry, Kakinada, Guntur, Tirupati and in Kurnool or Anantapur, thus covering all the regions in the state.
There is also talk that the party MPs may be asked to resign from their posts after the budget session, in order to put pressure on the TDP-BJP ruling combine regarding the special category status issue.