Vijayawada: MLA from Prathipadu Assembly constituency, Mekathoti Sucharita became the first woman minister from the Scheduled Caste (SC) community from Guntur district. She has been given the home and disaster management portfolio.
She was administered Oath of Office and Secrecy by Governor ESL Narasimhan on Saturday in the presence of around 5,000 people at the Secretariat Ground in Velagapudi.
It is learned that the Prathipadu MLA is likely to get deputy Chief Minister and home affairs post in the YS Jagan Mohan Reddy's cabinet.
During the 2009 Assembly Elections, Mekathoti Sucharita was elected to the state Assembly for the first time from Prathipadu (SC) segment on Congress party ticket.
In 2011, after the formation of the YSRCP, she resigned from Congress and contested in the by-elections in May 2012, winning by a majority of 17,500 votes.
In 2014 elections, Sucharita lost to Ravela Kishore Babu (TDP). In 2019 elections, she contested on YSRCP ticket and was elected to Assembly. YSRCP’s Sucharita Mekathoti defeated TDP’s powerful candidate, Dokka Manikya Varaprasad by a margin of under 7,000 votes.
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