Roja Selvamani’s journey from the big screen to Cabinet Andhra | Amaravati News
On Monday, dual MLA and leader of the YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) was sworn in as a member of YS Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy’s revamped cabinet.
Assuming a new responsibility in her career, the 49-year-old was quick to announce her decision to say goodbye to the shootings.
A member of Andhra Pradesh Assembly from Nagari in Chittoor district, Roja has announced that she will stop acting for films and television programs. The anchor will also stay away from ‘Jabardasth’, a popular Telugu comedy.
After the YSRCP came to power in 2019, Roja was a serious contender for the post of minister. However, she had to deal with the position of president of the Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (APIIC).
Also known as Roja Selvamani, she has come a long way since she entered politics by joining the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in 1998.
Born to Nagaraja Reddy and Lalitha in Chittoor district, her real name is Sri Latha Reddy. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Sri Padmavathi Women’s University, Tirupati.
Roja, a dancer from Kuchipudi, made her film debut with ‘Prema Thapassu’ (1991) in the female lead with Rajendra Prasad. The following year, she entered the Tamil film industry with ‘Chembaruthi’ directed by RK Selvamani, whom she married in 2002. The film starring Prashanth was a success and helped her establish herself in the industry. Tamil cinema.
She continued to work in Telugu and Tamil films and also acted in a few Malayalam films.
Like her on-screen roles, Roja’s political journey has also been full of drama. As president of the women’s wing of the TDP, she came to occupy a prominent position in the party.
However, his electoral debut did not live up to his expectations. She lost to Nagari in 2004. TDP chairman Chandrababu Naidu sent her out of Chandragiri constituency in 2009 but this time too she was unsuccessful.
Roja felt that Naidu, who is also from Chittoor district, twice did him injustice by giving him a seat and in 2009 resigned as chairman of Telugu Mahila and the party. She criticized Naidu saying that he would not do justice to those who believed in him.
As the Congress led by YS Rajasekhara Reddy retained power in the then undivided Andhra Pradesh in 2009, she called him and expressed her willingness to join the party. However, his plans suffered a setback with the death of Rajasekhara Reddy and subsequent political developments.
However, after Rajasekhara Reddy’s son Jagan Mohan Reddy left Congress and started the YSRCP, she decided to sail with him. Although she was elected in Nagari in 2014, it was the TDP that came to power in the truncated Andhra Pradesh.
Critics called her an “iron leg” who brings bad luck wherever she goes. Brandon often finds himself in controversy with his harsh verbal attacks on his rivals.
In 2016, she was suspended from the Assembly for one year for allegedly using abusive language against members of the ruling TDP, including then-Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu.
In 2019 Roja was re-elected in Nagari and this time the YSRCP took power with an overwhelming majority.
“I proved that I was not an iron leg but a golden leg,” a delighted Roja told her detractors. She had described her victory and that of her party as a slap in the face to those who called her an “iron leg”.
Roja’s hopes of finding a place in Cabinet were dashed as Jagan Mohan Reddy had to accommodate two senior MPs from Chittoor district. She was sulking but Jagan Mohan Reddy tried to appease her by offering her the post of president of APIIC.
As Jagan Reddy had also promised that he would revamp his cabinet halfway through his term, this kept Roja’s hopes alive. The YSRCP leader eventually rewarded her for her loyalty and patience.