Though the party lost the 1999 state elections, YSR emerged as the strongest leader of the party and became the leader of opposition. The year 2003 was a turning point in his political career, as he undertook a 64-day padyatra, or walkathon, across the state. Covering 1,500 km under the scorching sun, he received petitions from people about their problems, mainly relating to agriculture and unemployment.
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File photo: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy doing an eye test to a patient in a free medical camp
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