Andhra Pradesh Congress chief Gidugu Rudra Raju has has submitted his resignation to party President Mallikarjun Kharge. YS Sharmila, who recently joined the Congress, is likely to be appointed as the new state president, sources said.
YS Sharmila, the sister of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, joined the Congress on 4 January. While being inducted into the party in the presence of Kharge and Rahul Gandhi she was tipped to be the next APPC chief with a view to revive the Congress in the state.
Lauding the Congress, Sharmila said it is the largest secular party in the country since it unwaveringly serves all communities and unites all sections of people.
YS Sharmila had reaffirmed her support for the Congress before entering the party, and she refrained from running in the Telangana elections in order to avoid a vote split that may have favored former Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao.
With Sharmila’s return to the Congress – her father’s party – she will be pitted against her brother YS Jagan Mohan Reddy. Though she actively campaigned for the YSRCP when YS Jagan was in jail in a quid pro quo and even in 2014 and 2019 polls, the siblings fell out with each other over finances and denial of political space in AP to her.
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