What`s wrong with Odarpu yatra, wonders Jagan
Srikakulam: Congress MP Y S Jagan Mohan
Reddy, who has been critical of the party leadership over his
yatra, today wondered what is wrong in consoling the families
of those who died following the death of his father.
On the last day of his four-day tour in Srikakulam
district, he asked what is wrong with starting a yatra to
console those who died for his father.
Thanking people for their love and affection towards him,
Jagan asserted that he was able to stand before them only
because of their love.
He started his day from Rajam in the district and
consoled the family of D Narasimha Rao, who reportedly died of
shock over the death of Y S Rajasekhara Reddy, at
Criss-crossing the villages, he reached Nandiwada and
Eccherla by evening. He unveiled the statues of YSR on the
Following the successful four-day tour in Srikakulam
district, Jagan will start his tour in East Godavari district
tomorrow and has reasons to cheer as MLAs from the district
have openly announced their decision to take part in the
Despite reservations of the Congress high command on the
yatra, two MLAs from East Godavari district today said they
will participate in the yatra.
D Chandrasekhar Reddy, Congress MLA from Kakinada and a
close confidante of Jagan, said legislators in the district
have conveyed their readiness to participate in the yatra.
"All MLAs in the district are ready to take part. The
yatra will start from Tuni. It will be successful," he said.
He alleged that "two elders" were pressurising the MLAs
not to participate in Jagan`s yatra. However, he refused to
R Varaprasad, Congress MLA from Razole, said he would
participate in Jagan`s yatra and that he is not afraid of any
"I am MLA today because of Rajasekhara Reddy. I feel it
is time to repay the debt I owed to him. I will accept happily
if any action is taken against me. But, I don`t think I am
doing anything wrong," he said.
Macherla MLA P Ramakrishna Reddy and Koduru MLA K
Srinivasulu reportedly visited Jagan during the tour
yesterday. Rayachoti MLA G Srikanth Reddy and Dharmavaram MLA
Venkata Ramana Reddy were following the MP, overseeing the
Meanwhile, Jagan`s remarks that MLAs are being prevented
from joining his yatra have attracted sharp criticism from
several senior party leaders today.
"Jagan Mohan Reddy has clearly stated in his open letter
that the `Odarpu yatra` is a personal and non-political tour.
Then what is the need for MLAs, MLCs or any political leaders
to join the yatra? Why this debate at all"," N Tulasi Reddy,
state Congress spokesperson, asked.
"We are not ready to accept if he says that politics in
the state or the government have gone to the nadir after the
death of Y S Rajasekhara Reddy," P Venkata Rao, MLC and
another spokesperson, said.
Health Minister D Nagender said it was not correct to say
that Congress leadership has stopped the legislators from
taking part in Jagan`s yatra.
Senior leader and Rajya Sabha member V Hanumantha Rao
said party will have to take disciplinary action against any
leader, howsoever big he may be.
Jagan re-started his yatra from Srikakulam district on
July 8 ignoring the reservations of the party high command.
He held the first leg of yatra in West Godavari and
Khammam districts in April. Defying party directive, he left
by train in May to start the second leg of yatra in Warangal
district but the attempt met with violent protests from
Subsequently, he met party president Sonia Gandhi along
with his family members to secure permission for the yatra.
With the high command not giving permission, he had
stated that Sonia Gandhi did not appear to be positively
inclined about his yatra and announced his plan to re-commence
the tour in Srikakulam district in coastal Andhra from July 8.
The high command initially said he should follow party
discipline but later relented saying that it never objected to