Hyderabad: When Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy was alive, the role of women in the Andhra Pradesh chief minister's family was more or less confined to the home.
But his death in a helicopter crash and the arrest of his son Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy last year changed their world, forcing them to step out of their settled domesticity .
YSR's widow, Y.S. Vijayalakshmi, is fighting for her son; Sharmila for her brother; and Bharathi Reddy for her husband.
Jagan, as the YSR Congress party chief is popularly known, has been behind bars for more than a year in a disproportionate assets case.
Defending him in the face of serious allegations by political rivals, keeping the party afloat and running his business in his absence are the three women who have succeeded in developing an emotional chord with the people.