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Sibling rivalry and political maneuvering: A closer look at the YSR family influence In Andhra and Telangana politics

“Sibling rivalry and political maneuvering: A closer look at the YSR family influence In Andhra and Telangana politics”, The Commune Mag, September 13, 2023:

“Even as the people of Telangana prepare to vote in state elections by the end of this year (barely three months away), political alliances are still being forged. In Indian politics, it is not uncommon for both individual political aspirants as well as political parties to continue assessing the prospects of various parties and leaders to either strengthen old alliances or to forge new ones, right up to the announcement of election dates by the Election Commission of India (ECI).

In a series of events largely expected by political analysts, the leader of the fairly new Telangana-based YSRTP party cozied up to the Congress party’s Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi on her recent visit. The YSRTP party was founded in Telangana in 2021 by Y S Sharmila, daughter of the late Congress leader and ex-chief minister of the undivided Andhra Pradesh, Y S Rajasekhar Reddy. Y S Sharmila is the estranged sister of the current Chief Minister of Andhra, Y S Jagan Reddy.

Events unfolding over the last three years have indicated a lack of cordial relations between the brother and sister. It appears that the children of the ex-Andhra chief minister, son Y S Jagan Reddy and daughter Y S Sharmila are not on good terms personally and politically. Sharmila chose to stay away from her brother’s turf in neighboring Andhra Pradesh, by founding and headquartering her relatively new political outfit, the YSRTP party in Telangana’s Hyderabad city…..”

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