If there is one such incident that made YS Rajasekhar Reddy a political icon, it would be the Pada Yatra. The leader won hearts of many people and his following grew beyond leaps and bounds with the Yatra. He got to know about the problems face by the general public and that helped him big time while implementing new schemes.
On a contemporary note, YS Jagan has opted for a similar strategy and is currently midway through his Pada Yatra. It would be fair to say that he has gained a great following from the public. The main question is whether he can convert all this craze into votes. Jagan had similar craze and following in the 2014 elections as well. Sadly, he failed to convert this into votes and had to settle as the opposition in the state.
All in all, Jagan has a lot of positives going his way. The negativity around TDP government, his own charisma, the response for Pada Yatra may help him in the 2019 elections if used efficiently.