Y. S. Sharmila is an Indian politician and the younger sister of Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy, the seventeenth Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. Her late father, Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy, chaired the CM post of United Andhra Pradesh from 2004 to 2009.
Height (approx.): 5′ 8″
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Family & Religion
Sharmila belongs to the Christian community. India Today
Parents & Siblings
Her father, Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy, a businessman-turned-politician, served as the fourteenth Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh for Indian National Congress (INC) from 2004 to 2009. He was killed in a helicopter crash in September 2009.
Her mother, Y. S. Vijayamma, is also a politician and a former MLA for the Pulivendula constituency of Andhra Pradesh. Sharmila’s brother, Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy, is the incumbent CM of Andhra Pradesh (2019-present).
Husband & Children
Sharmila got married to M Anil Kumar in 1995. It was a love marriage and also a second marriage for both of them. Anil, who was a Hindu Brahmin by birth, converted to Christianity after marrying Sharmila. India Today Founder of Anil World Evangelism, Anil became an evangelist in 1998.
The couple together has two children, Anjali and Raja Reddy.
Although Sharmila has never contested electoral politics, she has consistently been a part of her brother’s Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party’s (YSRCP) election campaigns. She first came into the limelight in 2012 when she initiated Maro Praja Prasthanam (another journey to the people) foot march as a part of the YSRCP election campaign. Sharmila began her 230 days padayatra on 18 October 2012 in Idupulapaya in Kadapa district and covered 2,250 villages in 116 Assembly constituencies across AP. During the mass contact programme, Sharmila addressed various local, state, and national issues. Another motive of the padayatra was to garner support for her brother, who was then jailed in a disproportionate assets case by the CBI. The Yatra came to an end on 4 August 2013 in Ichchapuram.
She launched another mass contact programme prior to the 2019 Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly election. This time she led an 11-day bus tour across Andhra Pradesh, covering 1553 km. Here is a video from the bus yatra.
- In January 2019, amid her link-up rumours with the Bahubali fame actor Prabhas, Sharmila registered a complaint at Hyderabad’s Police Commissionerate Office against Telugu Desam Party’s social media wing for spreading rumours and posting objectionable content against her. While talking to media officials about it, she said,
They have spread rumours that I have an illicit relation with actor Prabhas just before the 2014 elections. I have denied it then itself, and they stopped it after elections. Now the rumour mill is active again.”
- In 2021, amid the rumours of differences between Sharmila and Jaganmohan, conjectures have been doing the rounds regarding Sharmila launching her own regional political party in Telangana. Reportedly, the party could be named as YSR Telangana Party (YSRTP).
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