Why is Home Minister Thaneti Vanitha on a sticky wicket?

Sat Mar 11 2023 13:16:15 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)

Is the home minister's position a jinxed one for women politicians in Andhra Pradesh? While earlier home minister  Mekathoti Sucharita, who was the home minister earlier, has earned the nick-name of being a lame duck minister. During her term, YSRCP key leader Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy was called the proxy home minister. Not only did she lose her post in the cabinet reshuffle and she is now all set to join the TDP.

The fate of the current home minister of YS Jagan government appears to be no different. Current home minister Thaneti Vanitha, who is from Kovvur assembly constituency, too is facing the heat. Many of her statements are landing her in controversy.  Even in Kovvur assembly constituency, her position is getting increasingly weak.

Kovvur has always been a TDP citadel and the YSRCP won it only once. In the 2019 elections, the YSRCP could win only because of former MLA TV Rama Rao. He left the TDP and joined the YSRCP at the last minute. He campaigned vigorously for the YSRCP and helped Vanitha win the elections.

However, things have changed now. Rama Rao has resigned from the YSRCP and Vanitha has antagonised several hardcore and loyal YSRCP leaders. Most local leaders are reportedly keeping away from Vanitha's programmes. Also, there are widespread allegations that the minister's relatives are calling the shots in the constituency. This too has alienated several party workers. As of now, Vanitha is said to be on a sticky wicket in Kovvur.