It was this campaign and a strong anti-incumbency wave against Chandrababu Naidu's government which catapulted YSR to power. His experiences during the padyatra helped him shape his policies after assuming office as he gave free electricity to farmers, waived their loans, introduced several welfare schemes like pension for the aged, widows and handicapped, housing for poor, Rs.2-a-kg rice, Rajiv Arogyasri or community health insurance scheme and a massive programme to build irrigation projects. Thanks to these initiatives, the Congress has won 156 of Andhra Pradesh's 294 seats and bagged 33 of its 42 Lok Sabha seats this time.
File photo: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy addressing a press conference.
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