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YSR Telangana Party celebrates registration by EC


YSR Telangana Party (YSRTP) led by Y.S. Sharmila on Thursday celebrated as the Election Commission registered it as a political party.

The party cadres participated in the celebrations held at the party office and residence of tge founder Sharmila in posh Jubilee Hills here.

Amid the playing of loud music and drum beats, several workers were seen dancing. There were also fireworks on the occasion.

Earlier, Sharmila cut a cake to celebrate the occasion along with her mother Y.S. Vijayamma, husband Anil Kumar and some key party leaders.

Sharmila, sister of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, thanked the Election Commission for recognising the party. She said her party would continue to work in a democratic manner to serve the people.

She tweeted that despite all the odds, the YSRTP will work for the people and will remain amidst people. She vowed the follow the path of her late father Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, Chief Minister of combined Andhra Pradesh.

The Election Commission has registered YSR Telangana Party as a political party under the Representation of the People Act.

Meanwhile, Sharmila voiced concern over the continuing suicides of farmers in Telangana and slammed Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao for doing nothing to prevent these. The YSRTP leader alleged that seven farmers have committed suicides in the state during the last two days due to debts.

She said KCR was talking of ‘Bangaru (golden) Bharat’ but has no concern for the farmers of Telangana who are ending their lives due to debt and other problems created by the wrong policies of the state government.

Sharmila was referring to the slogan given by Telangana Rashtra Samthi (TRS) chief, who is leading efforts to form a national front against BJP.

Sharmila floated YSRTP on July 8 last year and announced the party will strive to bring ‘Rajanna Rajyam’ in Telangana.

‘Rajanna Rajyam’ is an euphemism for the rule of Rajasekhara Reddy, who launched several pro-poor and welfare schemes when he was the Chief Minister of combined state between 2004 and 2009.

Sharmila was earlier active in YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) floated in 2011 by her brother Jagan Mohan Reddy after resigning from the Congress party.

She admitted political differences with Jagan Mohan Reddy, who opposed her entry into Telangana politics.

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Why YS Sharmila should thank Omicron scare?


Who is feeling very happy at the rise in Omicron cases in the country? If anyone is the happiest, it should be YSRTP chief YS Sharmila. Her yatra is turning out to be a dud with no response whatsoever from the general public. The media coverage too is dwindling by each passing day. She is finding that the narrative she has taken up is out of sync with the issues on the ground. So, the rise in Omicron cases has turned out to be a great alibi to put her padayatra in the cold storage.

With predictions that the Omicron could reach its peak in February or March, it is unlikely that Sharmila will take up any outreach programmes such as padayatra or rallies. This period will also help her to regroup her cadre and plan something substantial. She is said to be upset with her brother YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, who she feels is preventing key people in Telangana from joining her party.

Meanwhile, Omicron scare has also put cold water on the spate of agitational programmes that other Opposition parties had planned in Telangana. The BJP has postponed the second phase of the padayatra due to the Omicron issue. Similarly, the Congress Party’s Rachabanda protest programme too could be deferred.

Even the TRS seems to have been affected by the Omicron spread. The party planned massive agitations on the paddy procurement issues. Similarly, KCR wanted to tour several district headquarters to inaugurate the newly-constructed collectorate complexes in several places. However, the party is waiting for the inauspicious period to end. In all probability, any outreach programme is possible only by February-end or the first week of March.

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YS Sharmila to rebegin yatra from December 17


YS Sharmila is all set to re-launch her Praja Prasthanam from December 17. YSR Telangana Party sources say that the yatra, which was temporarily halted due to the election code in Telangana due to the local body MLA elections, is planning to restart her yatra. The election code would be in force till December 14, the day when the results would be declared.

The yatra was given a temporary recess on November 11 in Kondapakagudem village of Narketpalli mandal of Nalgonda district. The Yatra began on October 20 from

Chevella, went on for 21 days and covered 238 km . It has so far touched 150 villages in six Lok Sabha constituencies. YSRTP sources said that the yatra would re-begin from the ame village.

Analysts say that the YSRTP has found that the response to the yatra was gradually dwindling and crowds had to be mobilised to ensure that yatra had decent gatherings. There were several instances where the crowds agitated over non-payment of their daily wages. This led to ugly situation and the party was waiting for an opportunity to give a temporary halt.

Party’s padayatra coordinator Chandrahasan Reddy said that YS Sharmila would launch a massive people’s movement on the issue of paddy procurement. He said that the party would wage a relentless battle on the issue and would not rest till the last grain of paddy was procured by the government.

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Evangelist’s wife Sharmila to walk her way to Chilkuru temple


Politics make politicians do strange things. And YSRTP chief YS Sharmila is no exception. YS Shamila, who is known to have been quite active in Christian evangelization activities along with her husband Bro Anil Kumar, is making a padayatra on Sunday to – hold your breath – to Chilkuru Balaji temple. A host of YSRTP leaders too will accompany her. This is being seen as a preparatory for her Padayatra across Telangana.

The Padayatra, which was to start from October 18, is now deferred to October 20. Like her father YSR, Sharmila too will begin the padayatra from Chevella. In fact, she herself undertook a 3112-km padayatra in 2012 for her brother YS Jagan Mohan Reddy from Chevella. This time around, she wants to break her own record and trek for a longer distance. She would hold a preparatory meeting for the yatra on October 18 with senior party functionaries and advisors.

As part of the yatra, Sharmila will unfurl the party flag at every village that visits. Also, the party workers would install the statue of the late YSR in all important centres. Sources said that Sharmila has appointed a special coordinator for the purpose. At all places, awareness meetings would be held to popularize the party and its core ideology.

The Yatra is coming at a time, when several key party leaders have left the party and Sharmila’s Tuesday protest fasts over the issue of unemployment in Telangana are evoking lukewarm responses. The party recruitment too has dwindled after an initial flush. Sharmila and her supporters hope that the yatra would boost their fortunes in Telangana state.

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Sharmila discusses YSRTP strategy with team PK


In a politically significant development, the Prashant Kishor team on Wednesday called on YSR Telangana Party (YSRTP) President Y.S. Sharmila.

The team met Sharmila at her Lotus Pond residence here and they are believed to have discussed the strategy to strengthen and expand the party.

Sharmila, sister of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, is understood to have discussed with the team the plans for her upcoming ‘padyatra’, route map and future course of action.

The meeting set off speculations that political strategist Prashant Kishor has joined hands with Sharmila to prepare its strategy.

Prashant Kishor and his team had planned and executed the election strategy of YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) in Andhra Pradesh in 2019, and it had stormed to power by winning 151 seats in the 175-member Assembly.

Sharmila, who floated the YSRTP in July, recently announced that she will undertake the ‘padyatra’ from October 20.

YSRTP leaders have also announced that the party will organise a public meeting for self-respect of backward classes at Kosagi in Kodangal constituency on October 3.

Sharmila’s meeting with the PK team also assumes significance in view of the next month’s bye-election to Huzurabad Assembly constituency. It came a day after the Election Commission announced the election schedule.

In order to highlight the issue of unemployment, the YSRTP has decided to field unemployed individuals in October 30 bye-elections. The party has constituted a committee to file several nominations on behalf of unemployed.

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Sharmila detained during weekly fast over unemployment


YSR Telangana Party (YSRTP) leader Y.S. Sharmila was detained by police when she was sitting on a fast at Boduppal near here on Tuesday, demanding jobs for the unemployed.

Stating that there is no permission for the fast, police shifted her to the Medipalli police station.

The sister of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy had launched the fast at Boduppal exhibition grounds in Medchal-Malkajgiri district.

Sharmila raised objections to the police action, asking why she was being arrested despite staging a peaceful protest. Police officers told her that there was no permission for the protest.

YSRTP workers tried to resist the arrest and raised slogan against the police and the government, leading to tension in the area.

Women police personnel forcibly lifted Sharmila and shifted to a waiting police vehicle.

YSRTP leaders and workers reached Medipalli police station and sat on the road demanding Sharmila’s release. Police then shifted her to another police station.

The daughter of former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy alleged that the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government was afraid of her as she was “exposing its failures”. She blamed Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao for suicide of scores of unemployed youth.

Before reaching Boduppal exhibition grouns, Sharmila called on the family of Ravindra, an unemployed man who recently committed suicide.

Meanwhile, some women labourers at Peerzadiguda staged a protest, alleging that YSRTP workers had brought them to participate in the hunger strike by promising to pay Rs 400 each. The daily wage labourers said they were not paid the money.

Every Tuesday, Sharmila is sitting on fast after consoling the family of unemployed who committed suicide.

She is demanding the government take immediate steps to fill 1.90 lakh vacancies in various government department. She said the government need to recruit over 3 lakh people to fill the vacancies and the posts created with the formation of new districts.

She claimed 54 lakh unemployed have submitted applications for jobs to the Telangana State Public Service Commission (TSPSC).

Sharmila, who launched the YSRTP in July, announced on Monday that she will undertake state-wide ‘padyatra’ from October 20 to highlight the failures of the TRS government.

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Sharmila to launch ‘padyatra’ in Telangana on Oct 20


YSR Telangana Party (YSRTP) leader Y.S. Sharmila announced on Monday that she will be launching her ‘padyatra’ from October 20.

She plans to cover all Assembly constituencies except those coming under the limits of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC).

The daughter of former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy will be launching the walkathon titled ‘Praja Prasthanam’ from Chevella and it will also conclude there.

YSR, as the late Chief Minister was popularly known, had launched his famous padyatra from the same place and with the same title in 2003. The padyatra in then undivided Andhra Pradesh had catapulted the YSR-led Congress to power, ending the nearly a decade-long rule of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) headed by Chandrababu Naidu.

Sharmila, who floated the YSRTP on YSR’s birth anniversary on July 8, announced that she will be covering 12 to 15 km every day.

The sister of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy said YSR will be the brand ambassador of her walkathon. “I am undertaking this padyatra to achieve the ideals of the great leader,” she said.

The YSRTP founder said she would highlight the failures of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government.

She also announced that her weekly fast over the issue of unemployment will continue as part of the ‘padyatra’.

Sharmila has been staging a fast every Tuesday after consoling the family of an unemployed who committed suicide. She vowed to continue the weekly fast till the problem of unemployed was addressed.

She reiterated that she wants to bring back ‘Rajanna rajyam’ in Telangana.

‘Rajanna rajyam’ is referred to the rule of YSR (2004-2009) during which he implemented many revolutionary schemes for welfare of poor and the weaker sections of the society.

Sharmila alleged that during seven-year-rule of K. Chandrasekhar Rao in Telangana, 7,000 farmers have committed suicide and KCR went back on his promise to waive farm loans. She claimed that the TRS government headed by KCR waived loans of only 3,000 farmers were waived while 30 lakh farmers were betrayed.

According to a YSRTP leader, a survey shows that 91 per cent of Telangana farmers have loans of at least Rs 1.5 lakh each.

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Setback for Sharmila: Bereaved dad of unemployed youth refuses entry


It seems the honeymoon period for YS Sharmila’s YSRTP is already over. The leaders are deserting and the crowds are thinning. Now the latest is that those in whose name she is undertaking protest fasts every Tuesday are also shunning her. Her attempts to raise the issue of unemployment-related deaths of youth is turning out to be a non-starter.

Sharmila has made it a practice to undertake a fast in selected Telangana villages to highlight the plight of the unemployed youths. She is choosing the houses of the youths who had ended their lives and is dedicating her fast to the youth who died. She is using this opportunity to mount a severe attack on the TRS government.

This Tuesday (August 24), she wanted to undertake her fast in Lingapur village in Dandepalli mandal of Mancherial district. Village lad Naresh is a graduate who failed go get a government job. Frustrated, he ended his life. Sharmila wanted to hold a fast in memory of naresh.

However, she got a shock when Naresh’s father requested her not to come to his house. He said he did not want any sympathy from her. This has left the YSRTP leaders, who were making arrangements for Sharmila’s meeting, shocked. They did not know how to react. Sources say that Naresh’s father has four sons, of whom three are working in different government departments. Naresh reportedly got worried that the protest might put the jobs of the three other sons at risk. Hence he wanted Sharmila not to visit his home and launch the dharna there.

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More people leave YSRTP, Sharmila looks very shaky


With more leaders resigning from the party, the very existence of YS Sharmila’s YSRTP is now in doubt. After the resignation of high-profile Indira Shobhan, state executive committee members Madhu Vamsi and Srikanth too have sent in their resignations. With several leaders already leaving the party, Sharmila appears to be ploughing a lonely furrow.

Sources said that ever since she announced her state executive, Sharmila has been facing dissidence. Many leaders, who stood with her all these days, suddenly found that there was no place for them in the party. They were shocked to see newcomers take the cake leaving them in the lurch. As a result, many leaders have resigned from the party. Earlier too, key leaders like Pratap Reddy have deserted the party.

Insiders also say that another 20 state-level functionaries too would resign from the party. They pointed out that two to three leaders will resign from the party every day. This would leave Sharmila’s party considerably weakened and emaciated. The interest in Sharmila’s protest fasts has also come down significantly. “She has gradually slipped from the first pages of the newspapers. She is now confined to inside pages,” quipped a YS Sharmila’ supporter.

Another indicator is the dwindling crowds at the YSRTP office at Lotus Pond. The crowds are thinning and the footfalls are shrinking at the party’s state office. The cadres are also complaining about the way they are being treated in the party office and the meetings. Many say Sharmila’s abrasive style and hurling of invectives is alienating the party works, including people like Indira Shobhan.

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Sharmila’s ‘meme metre’ shows there’s no love for Brother Jagan


Sister YS Sharmila tying a rakhi on the wrist of her brother and AP CM YS jagan Mohan Reddy is a common sight. The sibling bondage was the cynosure of all eyes. But, this time around, the paths of both Sharmila and Jagan have diverged. This was reflected on Rakhi Bandhan day too. This year, Sharmila, who usually goes to YS Jagan and ties the rakhi has just sent a greeting via online social media.

In the message uploaded on the social media, she merely greeted YS Jagan as ‘brother from the same mother.’ But in the same stretch he has greeted all the brothers of the Telugu states who are standing by her fight for her beliefs and principles. The wording is significant. She is not bracketing Jagan in the category of those ‘standing by her in her fight for her beliefs and principles. Even this was shared on the social media and is clearly meant for public consumption.

Sources say, Sharmila has posted this tweet online only to escape questions about her not tying the rakhi. In the past, Sharmila went to the place where Jagan was doing his yatra and tied the rakhi. But this time around, she did not travel to Vijayawada, which is barely three-and-a-half km away from Hyderabad.

Another shocking pointer is that the greeting posted by her did not have an image of her brother YS Jagan. Only an image of Sharmila, a rakhi and late YSR were there on the meme. In her early posts, Jagan’s image was a regular fixture. But this time, it is missing This clearly shows that the sibling relations have deteriorated beyond repair. Pro-Jagan mouthpiece Sakshi gave its own spin to the posting and said Sharmila has greeted YS Jagan.

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YSRTP’s lone noted leader in TS quits


Key leader and spokesperson of the YSRTP, Indira Shobhan has resigned from the party. In a statement, she sent her resignation to YS Sharmila. She had joined YS Sharmila’s party only in the first week of March this year. Within five-and-a-half months, she had decided to call it quits. If sources are to be believed, she is likely to rejoin the Congress Party.

Of late , Indira Shobhan was finding it increasingly difficult to stay in the YSRCP. There were several instances where she was pushed to a corner of the stage. She was also ignored by Sharmila on more than one occasion. Sources said she was unhappy with the way the party was functioning. More importantly, Indira Shobhan did not have any role in the party. For quite some time, she was feeling marginalized in the party.

Indira Shobhan is a Revanth Reddy loyalist and has always supported him. She left the Congress in the wake of the Graduate Constituency elections and expressed her dissatisfaction with Uttam Kumar Reddy’s leadership. Now that Revanth Reddy is back, Indira Shobhan has given indications that she would be back in the Congress. Interestingly, rumours of Indira Shobhan quitting the YSRTP have been doing rounds for over a month or so, but she had neither confirmed or rejected the reports.

She is the second major leader to leave Sharmila’s party. Earlier, Mahabubnagar district leader and senior party functionary Pratap Reddy too has resigned from the party recently. Both these resignations are seen as a major setback to the fledgling YSRCP.

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Why is Sharmila ignoring these two hottest topics?


YS Sharmila is now on her fifth protest fast in as many weeks. On Tuesday, she has chosen Gundenga village in Mahabubnagar to protest on the issue of joblessness in Telangana. While protests are happening with unfailing regularity, what about their impact? Well! The less said the better. Her protests may be making headlines in some friendly media outlets, but the people are largely ignoring them.

According to political watchers, it is ironical that she is talking about jobs at a time when the government is promising schemes like Dalit Bandhu, where huge amounts get deposited in a family’s account without doing anything. The Dalit Bandhu and other freebees are now the toast of the season. Especially since the Nagarjunasagar bypoll, even the youth do not seem to be bothered about jobs. Doles are what they seem to want. Given this situation, will the Sharmila protests have any impact?

Secondly, she is not talking about the two topics that are deemed very hot in political circles. She is not talking about Huzurabad bypolls, which has the attention of the whole state. Secondly, she is not talking about the Dalit Bandhu scheme, which is now being hotly debated. She has completely ignored these two topics. At a time when the TRS, BJP and the Congress are straining their every nerve in Huzurabad, she is not even talking about it. What more? She said she would support any unemployed youth who files nomination in Huzurabad. This only means that she has already given a walkover in Huzurabad..

On the other hand, she is talking about joblessness and unemployment in places like Nalgonda and Mahabubnagar, which are not seeing much political activity. So far, she has carefully avoided places like Nizamabad, Adilabad, Karimnagar, Medak and Warangal, which are the epicentres of political activity in Telangana. This kind of politics is likely to further marginalise her and reduce her political relevance, say political analysts.

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KCR grabbing Dalits’ lands for parks, industries: YSRTP


YSR Telangana Party (YSRTP) founder Y.S. Sharmila on Saturday alleged that Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR) is grabbing land from Dalits to build industries and parks.

“KCR is dragging Dalits on to the roads by grabbing their assigned lands for parks and industries, which they had been tilling for generations,” Sharmila alleged.

She claimed that Rao is feigning love towards Dalits on one hand with ‘Dalita Bandhu’ scheme while on the other, he has started grabbing their lands.

Sharmila demanded to know if KCR will ever change and alleged that he is resorting to land grabbing because the Dalits would not protest against him.

The new opposition leader in Telangana, claimed that Rao failed to give three acres of land to the poor but was grabbing their lands which they have been tilling since their grandparents’ time.

Earlier, she criticised the state government for allegedly slashing teachers’ jobs. Sharmila alleged that government education and healthcare have been destroyed during the seven-year rule of the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) government.

Alleging that nearly 7,000 teachers jobs have been lost, she claimed that KCR doesn’t know how to rule and he was a disgrace to the Chief Minister’s chair.

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Why is everyone adopting the strategy of silence vis-à-vis YS Sharmila?


The biggest insult anyone can hurl against anyone is just ignoring one. Interestingly, all the three major political parties in Telangana are adopting the same strategy against his new-born party. They are not even bothering to comment on this party. No marks for guessing the party in question. It is YS Sharmila’s YSRTP.

Ruling TRS and its main challengers – the Congress and the BJP – are completely ignoring Sharmila in Telangana politics. They appear not to consider her as a contestant in fray. Though Sharmila is oozing confidence and is making tall claims about her party, no one in the political circles seems to have high hopes for her. But, she is trying hard to poke and provoke the rivals and make them comment about her party. However, all the three parties seem to have adopted an ambivalent attitude against her.

Revanth Reddy, the new Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee chief has said that he does not even consider her party a political entity. He said he does not care about her party. The TRS too has not commented on her or her party so far. They too have completely ignored her. In fact, the only reference that KCR has so far made to her was indirect. Referring to her dharna on unemployment, KCR said some people were doing dharnas like women do periodic vratams. He has not even mentioned her name.

As for the BJP, it does not seem to consider Sharmila’s party as a political entity. It has refrained from talking about it. The party perhaps feels that talking about her will give her unnecessary publicity and bring it onto the political centre stage. If no one talks about her party and herself, she would not get any traction, feels the BJP. The result? Despite the media attention she is getting, Sharmila is still a non-starter in Telangana politics.

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Why is Sharmila’s party not contesting from Huzurabad?


Finally, YS Sharmila has launched her party and has shown all intent to become a potent and powerful political player in Telugu politics. But, will she face the first biggest test of her strength or give a simple walkover? Will she fight the upcoming bypolls or will she opt out of the contest?

In her first ever press conference after launching the party, Sharmila has clearly indicated that her party is not going to contest from Huzurabad assembly constituency, which will soon witness a bypoll. Why is she not contesting in this all-important poll, which is politically a make or break election for Telangana? After all, this is a fight between the might of KCR and his long-time associate-cum-rival Eatala Rajender. Both are fighting a very serious battle and are pitting their strengths into the battle. Such being the case, why is Sharmila shying away from trying her hand?

Sharmila says that since this bypoll was all about revenge, it would be essentially bipolar and that other parties do not stand a chance. She says this election is a fight between two individuals and that YSRCP does not want to be part of it. So, we are not contesting, she told the mediapersons. She also said that nothing would change on the ground regardless of the outcome of the elections.

But analysts say that Sharmila does not want to enter the fray as she knows she is sure to get defeated in the election. She does not have her organisational structure in place in many places in Telangana and especially in Huzurabad. She is yet to form her committees in the region. There is no point fighting a poll without a strong candidate and proper organisational structure. Also, a defeat at this stage will make people write her off in Telagnana.

Highly placed sources say that Shamila may have taken this decision on the basis of the advice given by her elections spin doctor Priya, who is an associate of Prashant Kishore. So, one may have to wait for some more time to test the real strength of YS Sharmila’s party.

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Cong leaders mentioned YSR’s name in FIR: Sharmila


Former united Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy’s daughter and founder of YSR Telangana Party, Sharmila, on Friday lashed out at Congress leaders for trying to appropriate the late leader and said that they introduced his name in the FIR.

Sharmila recalled that it were the same Congress leaders who introduced Reddy’s name in the FIR after his death and criticized their attempts to own him up now.

By invoking FIR, Reddy’s daughter is referring to the multiple alleged corruption cases slapped against her brother and current Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy by the then Congress government in the state as well as the Centre, in some of which Rajasekhar Reddy was also mentioned as an accused.

She said the former CM gave political birth to many Congress leaders.

Meanwhile, the newest party founder denied speculation that she has started a political party in Telangana only because she was denied an MP ticket in Andhra Pradesh.

“I reiterate, the reason for me to establish a party in Telangana is for the welfare of the people. Telangana people are being meted out justice,” said Sharmila.

According to the YSR Telangana Party founder, Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR) has not achieved anything in the past seven years and that she has been observing it.

“Unemployment rate rose four fold in seven years. Our state is at the top in unemployment. Similar case with farmers’ suicides. What did they do with billions of rupees debt? Did they build a house or offer a job to anyone?” Sharmila posed.

She said KCR has misused the opportunity given to him and questioned as to whose pockets were filled with this money.

“Nearly 54 lakh people have applied to the government that they are unemployed. If 54 lakh people have applied, imagine how many more have not applied?” Sharmila observed.

The opposition leader alleged that ‘KCR’s bathroom has been made bulletproof’ and queried if unemployed youths’ lives don’t matter?

She reasoned that there is a need for her to establish a political party and offer her fighting spirit to the people of Telangana for their welfare but not because she did not get any post in Andhra Pradesh.

“This is not true, not true, not true. I am telling you again and again,” she clarified.

Sharmila said a political party means its activists, leaders and that it is an organisation. She said a party is an establishment and it should happen if someone is there or not.

She noted that YSR Telangana Party should continue whether she is present or not and highlighted that there is the name of ‘YSR’ in her party.

“We established this party for the ambitions of the great leader (YSR) and not because I was angry at someone. I reiterate, please don’t bring this issue up again,” she added.

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Two suggestions for Sharmila’s new party

Now that YS Sharmila has launched her political party in Telangana, several questions are coming to the fore. Will she succeed where her brother failed? Will she be able to take on the might of the TRS and its boss KCR? How will she snatch the initiative from the Congress and the BJP? How will she manage the baggage of late YSR, who was a known opponent of the separate Telangana? There are no immediate answers as of now.

As for Sharmila, she will have to be very careful about what she speaks. She cannot make off-the-cuff remarks. She will have to think ten times before saying anything. She has to develop a think-tank of media professionals to identify the issues and decide on what Sharmila should say and should not say. The party does have a social media backup team. There are reports that some senior journalists are guiding her in public talks.

At the same time, she has to lure key leaders from various parties into her YSR Telangana Party. In fact, most political parties grow by luring talent from other parties. In fact, when TDP was launched, it attracted several key leaders from the Congress Party. Similarly, the TRS grew mainly because of the defections from other parties. As soon as the BJP did well in Dubbak and GHMC elections, a large number of leaders from the Congress and the TRS joined the political party. The Jana Sena is unable to grow as it has failed to attract talent from other parties.

Sharmila’s team too is trying to lure talent from other parties. In fact, they have already begun talking to leaders from Khammam, Warangal and Nizamabad. As of now, no leader seems to be interested in her party. Unless she gets some big names, her party would remain an also-ran. Let’s wait and see how she manages to get leaders from the other parties.

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Party launch or film audio function? BJP satires on Sharmila


The BJP on Thursday reacted satirically to the launching event of YS Sharmila’s party “YSR Telangana Party” (YSRTP) in Telangana.

It said the whole event was conducted in Hyderabad as if it was a film’s audio function and not as a political party launch.

BJP official spokesperson Krishna Sagar Rao said the venue for the party launch itself was wrong as no political party will be launched in a closed private A/C function hall or convention centre.

Political parties are launched in the midst of public gatherings, he stated

Rao lambasted Sharmila for launching her party in Telangana instead of launching in her native Andhra Pradesh.

Rao said Telangana people have no respect or love for YSR or his family as Telangana people strongly feel that it’s YSR who blocked the formation of Telangana State in 2004 itself and he obstructed it till his death in 2009.

Even today, everyone in Telangana and Andhra says that if YSR was alive Telangana State would not have been a reality.

Rao said Sharmila’s party has no role or space on Telangana political landscape and her party will vanish from Telangana even before it could fully take shape.

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YS Sharmila registers “YSR Telangana Party” with Election Commission!


YS Sharmila registers “YSR Telangana Party” with Election Commission!

YS Sharmila, the daughter of former Chief Minister of Undivided AP late YS Rajashekar Reddy and sister of AP CM YS Jaganmohan Reddy who announced her plans to launch a political party of her own in Telangana has registered her party name as “YSR Telangana Party”.

Though Sharmila announced on April 9 in Khammam public meeting that she will announce the name and flag of her party on July 8 on the occasion of YSR’s birth anniversary, her party name became public on Thursday after Election Commission of India published a notice in an English Daily stating that a political party is proposed to be registered by the name of YSR Telangana Party and if anyone has any objection to the registration they may send their objections with reasons to ECI by June 16, 2021.

Interestingly, the party was registered by Vaduka Raja Gopal, a resident of Yousufguda in Hyderabad.

Raja Gopal is known to be the prime follower of Sharmila.

It has now become clear that Sharmila’s party name is YSR Telangana Party even before the official launch of the party by her on July 8.

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