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Book on YSR `walkathon' released

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TIRUPATI, FEB. 8. The Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) secretary, B. Karunakar Reddy, has said that his book `Praja Prasthanam' is aimed at unravelling the "other side'' of the former Congress Legislative Party (CLP) leader, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy.

The book, which is a recollection of the day-to-day observations during his 65-day marathon walk along with Dr. Rajasekhara Reddy from Chevella to Itchapuram in the State, was released here today by the RASS general secretary, G. Muniratnam, a social worker and formerly a journalist, at a simple function here on Sunday.

Speaking on the occasion, Karunakar said that he felt hurt at Dr. Rajasekhara Reddy being projected by his detractors as a "faction leader'' despite his best efforts to remain close to the public. "It was then I decided to shatter the myth and set things right by writing a book on his compassion for the poor during the walk,'' he recalled.

Admitting that the book might be far from being a good literary work due to his limitations as a writer, he hoped that the content was powerful and persuasive enough to wake up the common man to the ground reality.

Feeling exalted at his work, Mannava Bhaskara Naidu, a poet and Mr. Reddy's teacher at college, felicitated him with a shawl. While acknowledging the empathetic expressions of the author towards the miserable lot as witnessed during the `padayatra', Pulikanti Krishna Reddy, recipient of this year's Gopichand literary award, urged the author to do his bit to their cause.

Madhurantakam Narendra, an academician, C. Anjaneyulu, Director of CAN educational institutions, Rasani, N. Bhimanna, Kalidasu and C. Mohan spoke, while Sailakumar coordinated and Bhuman concluded the proceedings.

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