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Is Sharmila another Pawan Kalyan-like vote-splitter for Telangana?

Despite the success of Y.S. Sharmila Reddy's Khammam meeting, political circles are abuzz with the discussion as to whether there is space for new parties in the State. There are over 60 registered parties which include over a dozen recognised national and regional parties. The word ‘Telangana’ is used by all these recognised parties in their names. While there is still speculation that Sharmila’s party is likely to be christened ‘Telangana YSR Congress Party’ or ‘YSR Telangana Party,’ many believe that her concept of “Rajanna Rajyam” is still a farce.
 
Interestingly, most of the new regional, unrecognised parties have the Telangana tag. Right from Maa Telangana Party, Nationalist Telangana Rashtra Samithi, Nava Telangana Party, Telangana Communist Party of India, Telangana Karmika Raithu Rajyam Party, Telangana Labour Party, Telangana Loksatta Party, and so on. 
 
What works against Sharmila is that she does not know the Telangana yaasa (dialect) also because she hails from the Rayalaseema region (Kadapa) and has that dialect in language.  Many political leaders, on the other hand, believe that running a political party is no child’s play. Given that she is not a popular person like T Devender Goud or even like actors Chiranjeevi or Pawan Kalyan, whose parties too have failed, it will be tough for her to survive in the Telugu states’ political waters. 
 
Moreover, this is the second time a woman is floating a party in Telangana after actress Vijayashanti founded Talli Telangana party in 2005, which was merged with TRS later. Vijayashanti could not win in the elections on her Talli Telangana Party ticket. She was elected from Medak Lok Sabha only after she joined TRS. Likewise, Devender Goud’s regional party too did not click. 
 
But, what is peculiar about Sharmila’s outbursts is that all her political statements have targeted KCR and his family but have remained silent on BJP and Narendra Modi government. While Sharmila might be banking on the Reddy vote-bank in Telangana, it is also clear that she may become a vote-splitter in Telangana for the TRS, while eventually benefitting the saffron party that is looking for an entry point post-Dubbaka win. 

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