Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Can Sharmila make up for her Brother?

The report that YSR Congress party president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy’s sister Sharmila would take up the Odarpu Yatra in place of her brother to rejuvenate the beleaguered party cadres has triggered a wide debate in the media circles. The party leaders are understood to have come to the conclusion that there is no option but to rope in Sharmila to take up the padayatra in the wake of Supreme Court rejecting the bail for Jagan till the CBI investigation is completed. She is expected to take up padayatra instead of travelling by vehicle as was done by Jagan. The route map of her yatra would be decided very shortly, say party sources. However, one wonders whether Sharmila would make up for her brother in the “Odarpu Yatra.” Though she has proved her mettle during the recent by-elections, taking up padayatra is no easy task. She does not have much understanding about the local politics and problems faced by the people and all that she can do is to gain sympathy from the people by telling them that the Congress and the TDP had conspired to keep Jagan in jail for an indefinite period. But the people would definitely be missing the electrifying speeches of Jagan during the yatra. Well, it is too early to assess the impact of Sharmila’s yatra. Let us watch out whether she would be able to turn the tide back in favour of Jagan.

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