YSRTP will contest all seats in the state polls: YS Sharmila | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: YS Sharmila, estranged sister of Andhra Pradesh chief minister Jaganmohan Reddy, pitched herself as the main contestant to Telengana chief minister K Chandrashekhar Rao for the coming assembly elections in the state next year, saying that her party – YSR Telengana Party – will contest all seats in the state polls and it will not align with any party including BJP.
Addressing the media here two days after KCR rechristened his Telengana Rashtriya Samithi (TRS) to BRS (Bharat Rashtra Samithi) giving it a national identity, YSRTP president Sharmila said she met with the CBI director here to complain against the KCR-led government’s corruption in the Kaleshwaram irrigation project. “I met the CBI director and submitted documents as evidence… he assured me of looking into the matter and proceeding on it.”
Asked whether her new party could be aiding BJP in making inroads into Telengana where the saffron party has very little foothold so far and is trying to make gains with an eye on the 2024 Lok Sabha polls, Sharmila said, “I do not want to be a support system to any other party. I intend to be the chief contender to KCR and not become a support system or B team for any other party.”
To a direct question on whether her party could align with BJP for the Telengana polls, Sharmila, who started her party last year after being estranged from her brother and his YSRCP, said, “We will be going solo in the assembly polls. We will never go with BJP… it is a rightist party with roots based on religion.”
Speaking on Jaganmohan Reddy, a visibly upset Sharmila said, she does not expect any support from any one, when asked whether her brother will support her endeavour, the same way that she did, when he launched YSRCP and finally became chief minister. “I worked beyond my capacity to help him… but I do not expect any support from anyone,” she replied, expressing the bitterness in their relationship that has pushed her out of YSRCP and Andhra Pradesh.
Shamila, who claims to inherit the legacy of her father in the state, is likely to turn the Telangana polls multi-cornered in 2023. Clarifying that her party was a separate and had nothing to do with her brother’s YSR Congress, she said she chose to work in Telengana as she was “born, educated, married, and bore two children in that state and belonged there,” even as her family came from Rayalsima district that is part of Andhra Pradesh, after the state’s bifurcation in 2014.
Asked why she did not join Congress, instead of starting her own outfit in Telengana, as it is the main opposition to KCR’s TRS at present, Sharmila said, her family can never forget that Congress filed an FIR after her father, the then chief minister of united Andhra Pradesh died in an air crash, against her brother and also refused to probe his accidental death.

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