Jagan resumes controversial `yatra`
Kadapa MP and son of former Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy today resumed his `Odarpu Yatra` from Itchapuram in Srikakulam district in north coastal Andhra but treaded cautiously not to ruffle the leadership.
Hyderabad: With the Congress high command
apparently relenting, Kadapa MP and son of former Chief
Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy today resumed his `Odarpu
Yatra` from Itchapuram in Srikakulam district in north coastal
Andhra but treaded cautiously not to ruffle the leadership.
Jagan, who reached Itchapuram on the Andhra
Pradesh-Orissa border by Falaknuma Express this morning,
unveiled the statue of his late father at the local bus
station centre coinciding with his 61st birth anniversary as
scores of people gathered there to pay homage to the leader.
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.
He first visited the family members of Pyla
Chandramma and consoled them. Chandramma reportedly died of
shock following YSR`s death.
"I will always be with you," the 37-year-old MP
assured Chandramma`s family.
"My father did not leave us alone, he has left behind
a huge family in the form of you all. I am seeing my father in
the love and affection you have been showering on me," he said
at several impromptu public meetings as he travelled from one
village to another unveiling the statues of his father.
Though the Congress high command appeared to have
disapproved the pompous mode of his yatra ? which his
detractors have dubbed as a `televised political game show` ?
it did not deter scores of party workers and common people
from pouring onto the streets to greet Jagan.
The conflicting statements made by Chief Minister K
Rosaiah yesterday on the yatra came as a blessing in disguise
Rosaiah said, late last night in New Delhi, that the
high command "never objected" to the programme. This
bolstered the Jagan`s camp resolve to go ahead with the yatra.
The chief minister, who appeared to be on the
defensive on Jagan`s yatra issue after the party high command
reportedly expressed its displeasure over his handling of the
issue, today said that he would not be sending any report to
the party high command on the `Odarpu yatra`.
"As chief minister, I have nothing to do with it. The
party will take stock of the yatra. But the government will
take care of the security aspects to maintain law and order,"
Also, for the first time, Rosaiah came under direct
attack from the Jagan camp for "trying to block the yatra".
Former MLA Ambati Rambabu, one of the close aides of Jagan,
lashed out the Chief Minister on the issue and questioned
whether Rosaiah had the high command`s permission for
celebrating his 78th birthday last week.
Jagan had undertaken the Odarpu Yatra covering West
Godavari and Khammam districts in April but had to abandon a
similar tour in Warangal district in the last week of May
following violence that broke out while he was proceeding to
Following this, the party high command directed
Jagan to give up his yatra plans.