For N. Chandrababu Naidu, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy was a bitter rival when he was alive but today the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) president is taking out every leaf out of his book in his bid to return to power in Andhra Pradesh in the 2014 elections.
The leader of opposition is not only taking to streets demanding implementation of the welfare schemes launched by his nemesis when he was in power 2004-09, but is also following in his footsteps to woo back the people.
Naidu, who was chief minister from 1995 to 2004 till YSR unseated him, is embarking on a ‘padyatra’ or walkathon to interact with people and know their problems.
The TDP president will cover 2,320 km during his 117-day long ‘padyatra’ from Oct 2 to Jan 26, 2013.
Naidu, who is the longest serving chief minister in the state’s history, plans to surpass YSR, who had undertaken 64-day ‘padyatra’ in 2003, which catapulted the Congress party back to power in the state.
Covering 1,500 km across the state, YSR cashed in on the disenchantment among people, especially among farmers.
The only difference between the two yatras is that YSR had walked under scorching sun while Naidu will be doing so in winter.