Now a days any politician who wish to come to power at any level of election is hitting upon roads in the name of padayatar. It all started with former CM YS.Rajasekhar Reddy’s popular padayatra that bought him to power after Cong party lost hopes of coming back to power in AP since it spent more than 8yrs in opposition. The moment YSR bought it to power, importance of Padayatra gained popularity with political leaders at national level. More recently Mulayam Singh did it during UP elections, Sharad pawar did it in Maharashtra and Rahul Gandhi practiced it many times. BJP and other parties are not behind any stage. Now Chandra Babu Naidu is on 117 day yatra to regain power in State.
However one wonder whether whether Padayatra is sureshot to success. NTR who was the pioneer in rathayatra and padayatra created a world record when he came to power with in 6 months of launching a party. He could do so not due to yatra but people were looking for an alternative vexed with Cong Govt. Similar is the case of YSR as people are vexed with Babu’s high handed ways, they voted him to power. If any one thinks that just by going on padayatra they will be voted to power then they will be committing a grave blunder. For people issues are important and not political yatras.