Jagan's sister starts padayatra

Jagan's sister starts padayatra

Jaganmohan Reddy’s sister Sharmila started her 3,000 km march on foot on Thursday, seeking justice for the family of former chief minister late Y S Rajashekara Reddy (YSR) who carried the burden of winning two elections and instrumental in bringing the Congress to power in Andhra Pradesh.

 If Sharmila completes her yatra, it will be the first ever such political walkathon undertaken by a woman anywhere in the world. Jaganmohan Reddy during his Odarpu Yatra before he was arrested by the CBI in March 2012 completed 17,462 km in 13 districts, addressed 2,500 roadside meetings in 5124 villages and towns and consoled 499 families who lost someone or the other after Rajsekhara Reddy’s death.

Sharmila said earlier that “I have two targets, to lambast the (state) government for its failures and the other was to assail TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu for safeguarding an incompetent government. It is only my brother Jagan who could bring back the golden days of Rajanna’s (her father) rule.”

The fragile looking Sharmila has ventured on the huge walkathon that will pass through almost all the districts of Andhra Pradesh.

None of YSR family members were seen out of their home as long as YSR was alive. Even after his death, none of them had actively participated in the party activities. Only after Jagan was jailed did YSR’s wife Vijayamma and Sharmila took the responsibility of leading the party.

Addressing a public meeting organised by the party at the YSR Ghat, Sharmila said she was coming to the people through her ‘Maro Praja Prasthanam.’ She said she was an arrow shot by Jagan against all their detractors.