Y.S. Sharmila announces political entry; reflects need for ‘Rajanna Rajyam’ in Telangana

In another massive surprise in Telugu Politics, Y.S. Sharmila, sister of AP Chief Minister and YSRCP Chief Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy and daughter of later Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy announced that she will soon launch a party in Telangana. 
Sharmila promised to bring back ‘Rajanna Rajyam’ in Telangana and also threw light on the possibility of contesting the 2023 assembly elections. “I want to bring back the legacy of my late father Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, who sacrificed his life for united Andhra Pradesh. People of Telangana are not happy, they want a change and we will bring back Rajana Rajyam in the state,” Sharmila informed while speaking to the media. 
She made the statement after hosting a series of meetings with her late father YSR’s loyalists and well-wishers who have been given the task of assessing the ground realities. 
But Sharmila's political ambitions come at the cost of her strained ties with brother Jagan Mohan Reddy who is unhappy with her decision of going solo in Telangana, say political sources. 
As she waved at scores of fans gathered outside her Lotus Pond residence in Hyderabad, Jagan’s adviser and senior YSRCP leader Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy addressed a press conference in Vijayawada underscoring that Sharmila has embarked on her own political journey, despite being advised against it by Jagan and other family members.
The underlying claims for YSR’s legacy became more evident when posters of Sharmila erected across Hyderabad featured her father, mother Vijayalakshmi, popularly known as Y.S. Vijayamma but neither were pictures of Jagan nor his wife Bharathi seen around. 
Although she has always stayed away from the limelight of active politics, Sharmila has been one of the strongest allies of Jagan. 
When Jaganmohan Reddy split from Congress to form his own party following his father’s death in a helicopter crash in 2009, he received considerable backing from his sister and mother Vijayamma. She single-handedly campaigned for Jagan when he was jailed for 16 months for corruption and money laundering in the disproportionate assets case. 
Meanwhile, Jagan went on to secure a landslide victory in the 2019 assembly polls. And, now, it remains to be seen how Sharmila’s entry will change the fate of Telangana and eventually, Telugu politics, in the country. 

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