With Vijayamma’s backing, will Sharmila split the votes in Telangana?
Difficult tasks in front of Sharmila
The political narrative has changed drastically in Telangana after the region, which was once part of Andhra Pradesh, became a state in 2014. Regional sentiment has become the driving force behind politics in Telangana now.
YSR, from Kadapa district in AP’s Rayalaseema region, was killed in a helicopter crash outside the state division. In Telangana, gallons of water have flowed under the bridge since then, casting doubt on the relevance of centering politics around YSR’s legacy. It had worked in AP, where Jagan Mohan Reddy and his mother rallied the masses to rally on behalf of YSR in 2019. But Telangana is not AP.
“Does Telangana KCR (current Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao) yell“, asked Rajasekhara Reddy, when he was CM, to the AP. Later, after YSR disappeared, KCR fought a heated battle against his Rayalaseema affinity.
Syed Amin Jafri, Journalist and AIMIM MLC said The quintet, “After the emergence of Telangana as a separate state, Jagan Mohan Reddy’s YSR Congress, which has roots in Andhra, was pushed out of the political space of the state. Sharmila’s survival is questionable in Telangana politics in such a scenario.
With Sharmila bringing the YSR name back to the forefront, the TRS has already struck a blow.
Sharmila also used her marital status to strike a deal in Telangana. Although she was born in Rayalaseema, as the second daughter of YSR, she is married to Evangelist Anil Kumar from Khammam.
“As the daughter-in-law of Telangana, I have every right to enter state politics like anyone else,” Sharmila says. The guiding principles of her party are equality, development based on self-reliance and well-being, she added at a public meeting.
Another YSR electoral bloc, the Muslims, now supports the TRS which is in alliance with All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen. Dalits, too, have largely supported the TRS in Telangana.