Seethakka with Revanth Reddy, who is going to become the Chief Minister of Telangana.
This time again Danasari Anasuya, popularly known as ‘Seethakka’, won from Mulugu assembly seat of Telangana. ‘Seethakka’ is recognized as a flamboyant woman MLA in Telangana Congress. When Sitakka won the elections for the second consecutive time, her name started being discussed again. People even started saying that it is possible that if someone is made the Deputy CM in the government, then the name of Sitakka will be at the forefront. Before entering politics, Seethakka spent more than 15 years hiding in the forest and fighting against the government. Let us know the journey of Sitakka from becoming a Naxalite to entering politics.
Sitakka’s name was earlier Damasari Anasuya. Damasari Anasuya is the daughter of Sammakka and Sammayya, residents of Jaggannaguden in Mulugu mandal of Warangal district. Damsari studied by staying in a government tribal hostel. He started struggling since his student life. The reason is not getting proper food in the hostel, girls not even getting Rs 10 given by the government. Regarding this, he gathered his fellow students and started protesting.
Brother was also a Naxalite, he was killed by the police in an encounter
Damsari Anasuya’s brother Sambaiya was a Naxalite, but he was killed by the police in an encounter. Damsari’s parents were keeping Anasuya in a hostel of a government school and educating her so that she would not develop any inclination towards it, but when she started protesting in the hostel, the members of People’s War caught sight of her. Damsari Anasuya joined Naxalism in 1984 at the age of 14. However he did not leave his studies.
Left her son and started living with Naxalites
Damsari Anasuya’s brother-in-law Shriram was in the army. Meanwhile his sister died. After some time, Damsari Anasuya had an affair with her brother-in-law. Damsari Anasuya married her brother-in-law Shriram and changed her name to ‘Seethakka’. After marriage, she left the Naxalites and came back. During this time she also went to jail and also came out on bail. Sitakka gave birth to a son, but after some time she started having rift with her husband Shri Ram. The dispute escalated so much that Sitakka handed over her two-month-old son to someone else and started living in the forest with the Naxalites again.
Became MLA for the first time in 2009
Till 1996, she remained in the forest with the Naxalites. Then she surrendered before the police and returned to the mainstream. Sitakka continued his studies while working on a monthly salary at the Integrated Tribal Development Agency (ITDA). While studying law, she joined the Telugu Desam Party on the encouragement of Chandrababu Naidu. In 2004, she contested elections from Mulugu assembly constituency, but lost. In 2009, Seethakka won against Congress candidate Podem Veeraiya and reached the assembly.
Joined Congress in 2017
As an MLA, Seethakka is always available to the people of her constituency. Even during the Telangana movement, Seethakka contested the elections as an MLA from TDP party, but lost. Sitakka joined Congress in 2017. In the 2019 elections, she was again elected as Mulugu MLA from Congress. During the time of Corona, when everyone was confined to their homes, she was roaming around the villages of her assembly constituency, Sitakka, giving food and essential items to many people. Sitakka belongs to the tribal Koya tribe.