Women MPs in 15th Lok Sabha: Vijayashanthi

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Name: Vijayashanthi

Constituency: Medak (Andhra Pradesh)

Party: Telangana Rashtra Samithi

Terms in Parliament: First term

Age: 45

 An Indian actress who has starred in more than 185 movies, she is also known as The Lady Superstar” and “The Action Queen of Indian Cinema”.The 45-year-old’s election campaign seems to be an extension of her screen role of a “fighter” and an angry young woman. She has enlivened the campaign with dialogues from her films, theatrical punches in her speeches and off-the- cuff remarks.Vijayashanti had joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in 1997. But her political career was not successful although she was the national general secretary of the party’s women wing.  She quit the BJP in 2005 to float the Talli Telangana, to fight for a separate Telangana state. In January this year, she merged her party with the Telangana Rashtra Samithi. The actress is highlighting the “injustice” done to the region since its merger with Andhra Pradesh in 1956. She lashed out at the Congress party for “cheating” the Telengana people.

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