As expected, Kadapa MP YSJagan Mohan Reddy’s three day `Odarpu’ of the members of families of those who either committed suicide or died of heart attacks after the death of YSRajasekhara Reddy in a copter crash in september last year, turned out to be a massive show of strength.
Though Jagan Mohan Reddy took pains to explain to the people and to the party that there was no political agenda behind the tour and that his sole intention was to spend some time with the families of the victims, it did not pan out that way.
The moment Jagan Mohan Reddy landed in Vijayawada this afternoon and set out to West Godavari district to kick off his yatra, there were crowds and crowds all the way, rending the air with slogans that he would be the future chief minister of the state.
There were massive traffic jams with high power vehicles of Congress workers taking siege of the National Highway 5 from Gannavaram (where Vijayawada airport is located) to Eluru. Though it is known that Jagan is a persona non grata with the Congress, several ruling party MLAs were with him all the way, praising him sky high and eulogising him that he was the messiah of the That his tour became one of a political adventurism immediately after he promised to the contrary to the Chief Minister, PCC president D srininvas and Congress Affairs incharge for AP and Union Law Minister Veerappa Moily took every one by surprise.
As Jagan Mohan Reddy entered Eluru, he found the city decked up for his arrival. In fact, partymen kept themselves busy throughout the day though they knew that the MP would be arriving in the evening. Jagan Mohan Reddy’s convoy of vehicles finally reached the town at 7.15 p.m., three hours behind schedule because of his “compulsion” to speak to the people and explain the purpose of his visit enroute from Vijayawada.
On the occasion, he unveiled a bronze statue of his father at fire station centre. “I wil come to you once again and then I will talk politics. Now it is not the time,” he said adding “I cannot forget your support to my family members. Our leader Rajasekhara Reddy is still alive in our hearts.” MLAs without fear of the party high command, accompanied him as he visited the houses of Ghanta Lakshamma and Chilaka Gangarajula and commiserated with their family members and assured them his help.
The MP’s tour will cover 13 Assembly constituencies in the district during the three days and he is expected to unveil as many as 70 statues of his father.