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Is Jaganmohan Reddy scared of her sister's growing popularity?
The YSR Congress Party president YS Jaganmohan Reddy seems to be cautious and want to avoid emergence of any alternate power center in his party. The omission of his sister Sharmila, who has emerged as a star campaigner in his absence when he was in the jail for 16 months, from the list of candidates, reflects he is worry about growing popularity of his sister. Her omission gained significance in view of accommodating a number of close relatives in the list.

Likewise, he has also omitted several senior leaders who are having potential of influencing party cadre and also people. However, he accommodated family members of most of the leaders. Except couple of former ministers and senior leaders, who are believed to be not so 'trouble some', most of the candidates are relatively unknown to people and do not enjoy any command over party cadre.

Sharmila first entered in to politics when Jaganmohan Reddy was behind the bars and extensively toured the state, organized more than 3,000 kms 'pada yatra' (tour on foot) across the state addressing hundreds of public meetings. This has helped to boost morale of the party cadre and also made the part intact in his absence.

Many in the party and also out-side viewed that Jaganmohan Reddy may not be able come out from the jail before elections and she would be projected as chief ministerial candidate. But, surprising every one he was released on bail, allegedly coming into terms with the Congress party. From thereon he started making his grip firm over the party affairs.

After his brother's release from jail, Sharmila expressed her desire to contest in Lok Sabha polls from native Kadapah constituency, presently represented by Jaganmohan Reddy. However, Jaganmohan Reddy rejected her ambition stating that he had promised cousin brother Avinash Reddy, who is son of his father YS Rajasekhara Reddy's brother.

Then she was offered Visakhapatnam, on the north-coastal area of the state. But she was angry and kept away for some months from party affairs. She only returned after announcement of poll schedule with a desire to contest from Visakhapatnam and taking active part in poll campaign. However, shocking everybody, the list of candidates contains name of their mother YS Vijayalakshmi for Visakhapatnam Lok Sabha.

Vijayalakshmi is presently MLA from their native village Pulivendala and Jaganmohan Reddy is now planing to contest from here as chief ministerial candidate. According to sources, Vijayalakshmi was also upset for denying seat to her daughter. However, Jaganmohan Reddy pacified her by offering seats to her brother and former Kadapa mayor P Ravindranath Reddy from Kamalapuram assembly constituency, which was denied by him earlier.

Jaganmohan Reddy also tried to please his mother by fielding his uncle YV Subba Reddy, who is husband of her sister, from Ongole Lok Sabha constituency, which was also not cleared by him earlier.

Some of senior leaders like former MP Dr. MV Mysoora Reddy, former ministers Dadi Veerabhadra Rao, Konathala Ramakrishna and former union minister Dr. Umma Reddy Venkateswarlu were also kept away from contest. He, however, tried to satisfy them by fielding their kin for the Assembly seats.




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