Gandhi, who has held similar visits and foot marches in states like Punjab and Telangana, would start his ‘padayatra’ from Obuladevara Cheruvu village in the perennially drought-hit Anantapur district on the morning of July 24, stated a release from Andhra Pradesh Congress yesterday.

En route, he will interact with farmers, weavers and students, besides garlanding the statues of Bharat Ratna B R Ambedkar and late Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy, it said.

He would continue his ‘padayatra’ in two more stretches and hold meetings with NREGS workers and migrant labour at different villages in the district.

He is scheduled to meet the family of a farmer Harinath Reddy who allegedly committed suicide.
After the ‘padayatra’ ends, Gandhi would receive representations from people and also talk to senior Congress leaders at Puttaparti, the spiritual town of late Satya Sai Baba. He would visit the ‘Maha Samadhi’ of Satya Sai Baba at Puttaparti, before wrapping up his visit, the release added.

Gandhi undertook a ‘padayatra’ in Telangana in May this year during which he hit out at the NDA government at the Centre and TRS government in Telangana on farmers’ and land issues.

Anantapur district, bordering Karnataka, is among the districts in the country which receive lowest amount of rainfall.

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