The yatra, however, began on a jarring note. A youth was electrocuted and several others sustained burns after they came in contact with live wires while craning their necks to catch a glimpse of Jagan Mohan Reddy from atop a building.
The 56-year-old mother of the youth died of shock upon hearing the news of her son’s death. Nevertheless, Jagan pressed ahead with his yatra after consoling the family.
But he had only two MLAs, Mines Minister B Srinivasa Reddy and B Sivaprasada Reddy, and two MLCs, Pulla Padmavathi and Jupudi Prabhakara Rao, for company.
All the others steered clear of the yatra following a clear directive from the party high command. Jagan Mohan Reddy arrived at the district border at about 1:10 p.m. three-and-a-half-hours behind schedule.
On way to Giddalur, he stopped at one place and spent considerable time speaking over the telephone and conferring with his confidantes.
It was not clear what had transpired but afterwards, Jagan Mohan Reddy appeared upset.
There was a good turnout for his programmes all along the yatra and at several places, he unveiled statues of his late father and comforted the bereaved families.
In his addresses, he repeated what he had been saying all along: extolling the virtues of his late father and how committed and sincere he was to redeem his father’s promises.