HYDERABAD: Its ‘daughters rise’ in Secunderabad Cantonment Board (SCB) elections as daughters of top politicians entered into fray to uphold their legacy.
Entry of senior Congress leader Sarve Satyanarayana’s daughter S Suhasini and Cantonment MLA G Sayanna’s daughter Lasya Nandita into SCB elections fray, which were normally ignored by senior leaders has grabbed everyone’s attention. Besides Suhasini and Nandita, some of the prominent local leaders have also fielded their daughters in the upcoming polls. As three wards among total eight wards are reserved for women in SCB elections, women have been in fray in considerable numbers. While a total 114 contestants are in fray, about 38 are women. It is a common practice that politicians field there wives in reserved seats. Surprisingly, this time more number of daughters are fielded rather than wives.
“Our eligibility for contesting in elections is not just our father’s back up. Even we are interested in bringing a change in people’s lives and solving the long standing problems of the Cantonment area. We are educated and also familiar with the problems of the area. Therefore we have entered elections,” said M Revathi an MBA graduate and daughter of local politician M Gopal.
All the women who have entered the contest as daughter of leaders are in their twenties and well educated. “Politics have changed a lot and candidates have to be on their toes to carry on campaign and win people’s hearts. Well educated youngsters will have an edge over the oldies in striking a chord with people and listening to their problems,” analysed D Devender, a senior Congress leader from Cantonment, whose daughter D Ambika is contesting from Ward no 4.
Though daughters of top and second rung leaders are vying with each other to prove their might and take forward their father’s legacy, all eyes are on Lasya Nandita and Suhasini as they are touted as board vice-president probables if they win in majority. But with Congress and TDP are facing tough times, they are toiling hard to win and safeguard their father’s prestige.