Visakhapatnam: Jana Sena Party chief Pawan Kalyan will begin a ‘Porata Yatra’ covering the entire State for about 40 days beginning on May 20.
Announcing this at a media conference here on Thursday, the matinee idol said that the aim of the yatra is to create awareness among the public on the special category status and implementation of bifurcation promises, besides finding out local issues and finding ways and means to address them.
“I plan to commence the Yatra from Ichchapuram coast after prayers to Ganganna. Srikakulam is the land of many a movement. But the successive governments had neglected it resulting in backwardness of north Andhra. While the leaders are rich, the people continue to be poor here,” he said. If Rayalaseema and North Andhra continue to be neglected, there was danger of further divisiono of the State, he feared.
The film star said he would stay in Visakhapatnam for the next couple of days and meet key workers of the party from all over the State, discuss the logistics and come out with a road map.
An important aspect of the yatra would be that the tour of every district would culminate in a huge flag march by the youth, he said.
Recalling the Jai Andhra movement of 1972, he said that about 350 to 375 had sacrificed their lives during the agitation but none of the political leaders bothered to remember then. He would identify the martyrs and erect a memorial for them locally, he stated.
Replying to questions, Pawan Kalyan explained that he was contemplating the yatra to meet the people personally, after the State government did not respond positively to the issues. He cited the example of kidney ailments in Uddhanam of Srikakulam district and said he had even brought medical experts from Harvard to look into the issue. But the State Government had failed to utilise the opportunity to address the problem, he pointed out.
The film actor also said his was not a Bus Yatra as many thought it to be. He would have to travel a great deal on foot to meet the people personally and find out things from the horse’s mouth.