More than a decade ago, Congress found Andhra Pradesh the venue for its resurgence from oblivion when Congress leader Rajasekhara Reddy began relentless Padayatras to connect with people and AP victory in 2004 polls paved the way for the comeback of the Congress.
Taking a cue, now Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi kicked off his Padayatra today covering a distance of 10 kilometres in Rayalaseema region, repeating his Padayatra model taken up so far in Punjab, Maharashtra, Telangana and Rajasthan.
Rahul Gandhi will begin his padayatra from Obuladevara Cheruvu village to Mamilakuntapalli, a three-km stretch,where the last interaction Congress had was in 1979 when his grandmother Indira Gandhi addressed a meeting in 1979. Dominant with weavers, the village may welcome Rahul Gandhi today, amid a farmer suicide recently.
“There would be three-four interactions with students, farmers and self-help group women,” APCC president N Raghuveera Reddy said. Then, Rahul will undertake his second stretch of padyatra from Mamilakuntapalli to Daburavaripalli, walking for about 5 kilometres and interacting with women Self Help Groups and visit Deburavaripalli habitation.
The third stretch will be between Daburavaripalli to Kondakamarla (2 kms) where he will interact with MGNREGS workers and family members of migrant labourers, and then he will visit Puttaparthy and also visit the ‘Maha Samadhi’ of Sri Satya Sai Baba.
The ruling TDP and opposition YSR Congress reiterated the blame on the Congress for bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh and the “gross injustice” to Semaandhra, to counter the effect of Rahul Gandhi wave in the state.