Jagan continues yatra, visits Srikakulam villages

Jagan began his journey at Tekkali and unveiled a statue of his late father and former state Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy near the Railway gate in the town.

The Kadapa MP, who has been avoiding political or controversial speeches, thanked the people for the love and affection showered on him and said his father is still alive in the hearts of the people.

It is to console the families whose kin died either due to shock or committed suicide in the aftermath of YSR's death in a helicopter crash on September 2 last year that Jagan embarked on the so-called Odarpu Yatra.

Jagan's yatra continued late into the night yesterday as he consoled the family of Reyyi Tatamma at Sunnadevi village in Palasa mandal, where he again unveiled a statue of YSR.

He also met the family of Nirmala at Marlapadu in Nandigam mandal post midnight.

Jagan resumed his second leg of the yatra at Ichapuram in Srikakulam yesterday after announcing his decision to do so despite reservations expressed by the Congress high command.

The Central leadership initially talked tough but later made a climb down with Chief Minister K Rosaiah maintaining that the high command had never said a "no" to his yatra.

Jagan had covered Khammam and West Godavari districts in the first leg of of his yatra in April following which the Congress leadership objected to his tour. He had later met party president Sonia Gandhi to seek her permission for the yatra.

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