Hyderabad: YS Sharmila, sister of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy hinted at a possible political entry in Telangana on Tuesday while addressing sympathisers of her late father. ALSO READ | As Sasikala Returns To TN, TTV Dhinakaran Expresses Hope About Her Contesting Upcoming Election
Rumours of Sharmila planning to start a political party in Telangana without her brother’s intervention have been widely shared on social media.
Sharmila’s father and late YS Rajasekhara Reddy, widely known as YSR, was the Chief Minister of united Andhra Pradesh from 2004 to 2009. The Congress leader died in a chopper crash in September 2009.
Sharmila met sympathisers of Rajasekhara Reddy from the united Nalgonda district at the family’s residence at Lotus Pond.
When asked if she would launch a political party, she said: “there is no Rajanna Rajyam now. Why should it not come? My objective is to establish Rajanna Rajyam”.
She added that “Jagan Mohan Reddy is doing his job in AP and I will do mine in Telangana.”
During the general elections in 2019, Sharmila and her mother Vijayamma had vigorously campaigned for the YSR Congress. However, after the party landed a landslide win and Jagan became CM, Sharmila was absent from the public eye.
Responding to Sharmila’s possible political entry in Telangana, YSRC senior leader and Advisor to the AP Government, Sajjala Ramakrishna, said Jagan and Sharmila do not have differences, but only “differences of opinion” on her getting into Telangana politics.
“As a daughter of Rajasekhar Reddy she has leadership qualities,” Reddy said, addressing a press conference near Vijayawada.
“People at various levels tried to convince her not to get into Telangana politics, but she took a decision…she has to face the political consequences,” he said.
Konda Ragava Reddy, a senior YSRC leader of Telangana unit, told media persons that Sharmila will float a political party and take the ideology to the masses.
According to him, the announcement will be made at a public meeting at Chevella in Rangareddy District in Telangana soon.
(With agency inputs)