The NTR & YSR families of Andhra
The dynasty of Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao (better known as NTR) seems to be losing its sheen with members of the family now relegated to the background.
NTR founded the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in 1982 but it is his son-in-law and Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu who has taken over the political mantle. Naidu took over the party in a coup in 1995 but accommodated NTR’s son Harikrishna and another son-in-law D. Venkateshwara Rao by making the former a legislator and the latter a minister.
NTR’s then-wife, Lakshmi Parvathy, who precipitated the crisis that led to the takeover, tried her hand at politics before giving it up.
Of late, NTR’s actor-turned-politician son Nandamuri Balakrishna, popularly called Balayya, contested the state polls from Hindupur on a TDP ticket after the bifurcation of the state in 2014 and won.
NTR’s daughter Daggubati Purandeswari is one of the more successful politicians in the family. A two-time Congress MP from Bapatla and Vishakhpathnam Lok Sabha constituencies, she switched to the BJP soon after the creation of Telangana.
Meanwhile, Naidu’s son Nara Lokesh is all set to take over his father’s political legacy.
Late Andhra CM Y. Rajasekhara Reddy, known more popularly as YSR, died in a plane crash in September 2009. However, his children — Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy and Sharmila — have furthered his politics. Jagan, who broke away from the Congress in 2010 and announced the launch of the YSR Congress in 2011, won the Kadapa Lok Sabha by-election seat by a record margin of over five lakh votes in May 2011 while his mother Y.S. Vijayamma is has been an MLA.