31 October, 2020

Sympathy Magnet

Jagan’s sister takes charge of his campaign

P. Anil Kumar
Sympathy Magnet

When Y.S. Sharmila Reddy spoke her opening words, “I am Rajanna’s daughter, your Jagananna’s sister. My name is Sharmila,” a young political star was born. YSR’s daughter and Jaganmohan’s sister looked completely at ease as she worked up the crowds into a fine fury about the “ill treatment” meted out to her family. Referring to Jagan’s incarceration in Chanchalguda jail, she said in one speech, “Even if a lion is caged, it still remains a lion.” The crowds swelled as did their roars of approval.

Indeed, after the arrest of the Kadapa MP, the women in the family have displayed enormous strength. While wife Bharati is running the business end, mother Vijayalakshmi (YSR Congress honorary president) and sister Sharmila have taken firm hold of the political reins. Providing star power to the campaign, Sharmila (who YSR in a TV interview said he had named after his favourite actress Sharmila Tagore) is urging people to make Jagan the CM. Exhibiting the traits of a consummate...



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