Sharmila’s ‘Maro Prajaprasthanam’ padayatra completed 100 days. Amid fanfare and euphoria from the activists and supporters of YSR Congress, who congregated in thousands of numbers to make a mammoth gathering, YS Rajasekhara Reddy’s daughter truly campaigned for her brother, YS Jaganmohan Reddy, disappointing the media houses which have been relentlessly trying to pit her against her own brother.
She said Jagan enjoyed support in “people’s court” amid lusty cheers from the crowd. The day of Jagan’s release from the jail and the day of Jagan establishing ‘Rajanna Rajyam’ are the real festivals “for us,” said Sharmila who covered 43 Assembly constituencies and 1,400 km of distance so far.
She lambasted the CBI for its announcement that the investigation was still on and the final chargesheet against Jagan would be filed in the court only after the completion of the investigation. She sought to know if the CBI was grazing donkeys (meaning an idiomatic sarcastic expression in Telugu that whether the agency was whiling away its time all these days.)
The 17 MLAs of the YSR Congress and the 15 MLAs, who joined it recently, went to Mangalagiri to participate in t he padayatra and extend support to her.
Sharmila’s potshots at the CBI continued when she referred to exempting Rajiv Gandhi’s name from Bofors probe as he died and why YSR’s name still figured in the CBI probe. She derided the despicable attitude of the CBI for not coming forth to take up investigation into the charges against N Chandrababu Naidu.
Sharmila’s public meeting at Mangalagiri evoked such a thunderous response that the milling crowds indeed should worry the rival political parties.
Earlier in the day, all legislators went in a bus from YSR Congress party’s office in Jubilee Hills. before embarking on the journey, party MLA Shobha Nagi Reddy strongly criticised the TDP and the Congress for targeting the YSR family.