TDP chief Nara Chandrababu Naidu on Friday continued his walkathon after a brief gap due to indisposition on Friday in Anantapur district .
He resumed his march and completed 200 km of his padayatra, part of Vastunna Meekosam yatra and party senior leaders expressed confidence that Naidu was keeping good health and that he would go ahead and complete the padayatra.
Naidu had walked non-stop between Belluguppa and Uravakonda (a distance of 10 km) on Thursday. Doctors who examined him said he suffered from sunstroke and advised him to rest. “Despite severe back pain and blisters on his feet, our leader continued with his yatra. A medical team from GMC, Anantapur, which was accompanying him in the padyatra, advised him to rest so that the blisters can heal but Naidu ignored their advice.
Sources said Naidu has also developed eye infection due to constant exposure to dust. Padayatra route map committee chairman Kambhampati Rammohan Rao said that Naidu was very strong and committed to the yatra. “Reports in a section of the press about his failing health and chances of cancelling the padayatra are false. Minor problems in such long marches are common,” he explained.
Nearly 400 members are accompanying Naidu. Apart from a 15-member security team, his personal staff of 15 also moves along with the TDP chief.
Meanwhile, slain TDP MLA Paritala Ravindra’s staunch follower Chaman joined the yatra to express solidarity with Naidu. There were speculations that Chaman would join the YSR Congress. What was interesting was that he chose Uravakonda instead of Penukonda to which Paritala and he hail from to join the yatra.
Naidu so far has toured Hindupur, Penukonda, Rapthadu, Rayadurgam, Kalyandurgam, and Uravakonda. He would enter Guntakal today which is the last destination in Anantapur district, and enter Kurnool on Sunday.
TDP politburo member K E Krishnamurthy said Naidu would enter Kurnool district at Chippagiri mandal in Alur assembly constituency. Naidu would pass through the poverty-stricken Aluru, Pathikonda, Adoni, Yemmiganur and Kodumur belts. He would cover 130 km in seven days and conclude at Sunkesula before entering Mahbubnagar district at Rajolibanda.
Earlier, on the 11th day of his padayatra on Friday, Naidu interacted with different sections of the society and heard their grievances relating to inflation, erratic power supply , lack of housing, pensions, ration cards, scholarships and rowdyism of congress workers.
Naidu is walking untiringly to meet people through his Vastunna Meekosam padayatra,