Andhra Pradesh CM’s sister YS Sharmila joins Congress

| Updated: 04 January, 2024 11:55 am IST

NEW DELHI: In a significant development for Congress’ prospect in Andhra Pradesh ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, YS Sharmila, daughter of the late Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy and sister of current CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, has joined the Congress in New Delhi on Thursday, as confirmed by party officials.

Negotiations between Sharmila and the Congress have been ongoing for about a year, with a previously scheduled rally in Hyderabad last September being postponed due to incomplete discussions, according to a senior party leader.

Sharmila is the founder of the YSR Telangana party, an unrecognised regional party based in Andhra Pradesh, established in July 2021, without any elected representatives in the state or Parliament.

Her decision to join the Congress holds strategic significance, allowing the party to assert a claim over YS Rajasekhara Reddy’s legacy. Reddy, a two-term Chief Minister, tragically passed away in a helicopter accident in 2008. After his demise, the Congress yielded to K Chandrashekar Rao’s demand for a separate Telangana. Subsequently, Reddy’s son, Jagan Mohan, left the party to form his own faction, governing Andhra Pradesh.

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Sharmila arrived in New Delhi on Wednesday evening, ahead of her induction as a Congress member by party president Mallikarjun Kharge. Upon her arrival at Delhi airport, Sharmila also hinted at joining the Grand Old Party. On being asked about the future course of actions by the reporter, she said, “Yes, looks like it.”

Her entry precedes a crucial meeting involving general secretaries and those responsible for poll preparations and the Bharat Nyay Yatra.

The Congress had previously announced the joining of a “very eminent personality” at 10.30 am on Thursday at the AICC headquarters, hinting at Sharmila’s imminent entry into the party.

Sharmila also stressed the importance of the Congress acknowledging her efforts and pledged to contest KCR’s administration while aiming to terminate what she labelled as ‘archaic rule’. Additionally, she assured prompt responses to all inquiries within two days of her formal entry into the Congress.





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