Nara Lokesh to take up 4,000-km padayatra in AP to dethrone Jagan

The power of padayatras is well known in Telugu politics.

Then Congres Legislature Party leader YS Rajashekar Reddy embarked on a 1,500 km padayatra that lasted for 60 days in the scorching summer heat in 2003 to highlight the failures of then TDP CM N Chandrababu Naidu in Undivided AP.

YSR's padayatra turned out to be a big success and helped him to oust Chandrababu from power in 2004 Assembly polls and also helped YSR to become CM in 2004.

When Congress was in power from 2009 to 2014 in Undivided AP, then Leader of Opposition N Chandrababu Naidu embarked on a 1,800-km padayatra for six months to highlight the failures of Congress government in 2013. This proved to be a success as Chandrababu retained power in 2014 Assembly polls in AP after bifurcation of United AP.

When Naidu was CM of AP between 2014 and 2019, then Leader of Opposition YS Jaganmohan Reddy embarked on a 3,648 km padayatra which lasted for 341 days from November 6, 2017 to January 9, 2019 to highlight the failures of TDP government.

Jagan's padayatra proved to be a super success as Jagan ousted Naidu and became CM with a landslide majority in 2019 May Assembly polls.

Now it's the turn of Nara Lokesh to embark on a padayatra.

Lokesh is planning to embark on a 4,000-km padayatra and beat Jagan' s record of 3,648 km.

Lokesh is planning to begin Padayatra after Jagan completes two years as CM in May 2021.

It remains to be seen whether Lokesh succeeds in ousting Jagan and bring TDP back to power with his padayatra.