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Sharmila crosses 2,500 km milestone

Sharmila crosses 2,500 km milestone
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YSR Congress Party president YS Jaganmohan Reddy's sister Sharmila created history by completing 2,500 kilometres as part of her padayatra at...

YSR Congress Party president YS Jaganmohan Reddy's sister Sharmila created history by completing 2,500 kilometres as part of her padayatra at Kakarapalli village in Tune mandal of East Godavari district on Sunday.

It took her 188 days to reach the 2,500 km mark in her Maro Praja Prasthanam padayatra. En route, she covered 1,500 villages spread over 91 Assembly constituencies touching 35 municipalities, 7 municipal corporations and 155 mandals. She crossed the first 100 kms at Pedda Kotla in (Anantapur), 500 km at Shantinagar (Mahbubnagar), 1,000 km at Kondaprolu (Nalgonda), 1,500 km at Pedana (Krishna) and 2,000 km mark at Ravikapadu in West Godavari district.

Sharmila launched her padayatra from Idupulapaya in her native YSR Kadapa district on October 18 in 2012. She is scheduled to walk 3,000 km covering all 23 districts. Addressing the press here, party senior leader and MLA B Karunakar Reddy said that the padayatra was not for the sake of creating records however, he said that such a feat by a woman will not go unnoticed and will be recorded with golden letters in history.

The programme was aimed at highlighting the failure of the Congress government and its tie-up with TDP, CBI and their vested interests in keeping Jagan in judicial custody for more than a year without any proper reason and Sharmila has been successfully carrying out the task, he said. He added that the long march of Sharmila has been well received by the people as she raised their hopes with an assurance that Jagan will bring back the golden YSR era.

"People have understood the game plan of the opponents very well and are eagerly waiting to pronounce their verdict at the earliest possible opportunity. The overwhelming response to the padayatra speaks a lot about the mood of the people," he added.

The YSRCP leader said that Sharmila's padayatra, on the other hand, was well received in all the regions of the State and her Racha Banda programmes, public meetings and interactions with various sections of people drew very good response. She was able to assure them that the despair would soon end and that Jagan will be at the helm of affairs and the State will take a turnaround in terms of development and welfare.

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