Saffron red | Decode Pawan Kalyan’s political position to remain relevant in PA politics

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Seven months after suffering a humiliating election defeat, Telugu actor Pawan Kalyan on Thursday announced the alliance of the Jana Sena Party (JSP) with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Andhra Pradesh.

The realignment was announced by Pawan Kalyan and BJP Head of State Kanna Lakshminarayana in the presence of BJP central leaders Sunil Deodhar and GVL Narasimha Rao at a press conference in Vijayawada.

Pawan Kalyan said his talks with BJP leaders paved the way for an alliance and that he is confident the two sides will resolve minor differences and work together to come to power in the state in 2024.

It can be recalled that in the simultaneous elections held at the Andhra Pradesh (AP) State Assembly and Lok Sabha last year, the BJP failed to win a single seat while JSP won. a seat in the Assembly. Pawan Kalyan himself lost seats in the Assembly of Gajuwaka and Bhimavaram, which he had contested.

After this dismal defeat, the JSP leader made desperate attempts to stay in the political limelight by occasionally organizing special rallies and meetings for his fans and supporters. Not to mention his statements on the current political situation with great enthusiasm.

Examining the political position of the actor turned politician since he created the Jana Sena party, he changed his ideologies as he chose, depending on the political situation.

Pawan Kalyan had campaigned for the BJP-TDP alliance in 2014. He then severed ties with both sides on the issue of special category status.

At one point he claimed to be on the left and shared the stage with Communist leaders claiming he had been introduced to Marxism by his father.

In a fiery speech during one of his campaigns, he said that Argentinian leader Che Guevara was his model and went so far as to wear the same hat and coat to please his fans and not to forget the photo of Che on its banners. He is said to have read over 400 books and to have been strongly influenced by Marxist philosophy and the Communist manifesto.

Everything was fine, then he pointed his guns at the BJP during the Praja Porata Yatra held in Kovvuru in West Godavari district in October 2019. In his truly inimitable dramatic speech, he said he preferred die rather than merge with the BJP. He said that whether we lived or died there was no question of joining the BJP and that he would maintain the pride and respect of the Telugu people and save them from destruction.

Speaking after the holding of the initial joint commission of inquiry exercise on March 4, 2018, Pawan Kalyan said Modi Governemnt failed to deliver the “flawed” special package, which was promised. He went on to say that the people of Andhra Pradesh were lost due to the chaos created by the central government led by the BJP. The government had not implemented any of the aspects mentioned in the PA reorganization law for the past four years, he said. He claimed he had a moral responsibility to respond to the people of the state as they assumed him to be part of the TDP and BJP.

While speaking at a public rally on Chittoor in March 2019, he gave another volatile speech while performing outside the public gallery. “The BJP leaders who doubt my patriotism should be within their limits. We will not remain silent if they say what they want and if I start speaking, the BJP leaders will not be able to speak anymore,” he said. he warned.

While speaking at the Party Formation Day celebrations at Rajahmundry in the East Godavari district on March 14, 2019, he lashed out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi claiming that Modi had deceived Andhra Pradesh . on him, why is he directing anguish against the state, Pawan asked.

On April 3, 2019, the JSP formed an alliance with the BSP ahead of the general election. While speaking at the Meet the Press session in Visakhapatnam, he again launched a tirade at Narendra Modi and criticized him for wearing a Rs 10 lakh costume. He said the prime minister wasted public money and that he would also question the prime minister about the money spent to erect the Sardar Vallabhai statue in Gujarat.

At the inauguration of JSP’s office in Vijayawada in October 2018, Pawan Kalyan said he was not related to Modi or Amit Shah. Due to the lack of accountability, the state was unable to obtain special status, he ranted. He criticized Modi and Shah for not keeping their promise to grant AP special category status.

Speaking at a rally at the Devarapalli bus stop in West Godavari, Pawan Kalyan said that although Amit Shah called on him to join the BJP after the 2014 election, he refused. Now, why this decision to form an alliance with the BJP after five years of public denigration is what political analysts are asking.

While Pawan Kalyan campaigned for the BJP-TDP alliance in 2014, he subsequently severed ties with both sides over the issue of special category status.

What was more shocking was that Pawan said he didn’t own anything to the Communists with whom he had a close relationship. Pawan Kalyan, who ran with left-wing parties in the PA’s previous legislative elections in 2019, has now literally tricked them into forming an alliance with the BJP. At the press conference on January 16, 2019, Jana Sena leader said: “I worked for the BJP even before joining the left-wing parties and JSP will ally with the BJP for the future of PA. .

The Jana Sena leader, who initially criticized the Center for its stance on the PA’s special status, easily changed his mind after meeting with BJP leaders.

The actor has now conveniently criticized Telugu Desam party chairman Chandrababu Naidu for agreeing to a special package, instead of special status for AP, but now he openly supports BJP’s special package proposal for the state. .

It can’t even be called a U-turn as it’s not the first time he’s changed position. Political analysts say this is the only way for him to stay relevant in politics and save his sagging political career. However, it would also cause Pawan Kalyan to damage his political image, as he has a large number of fans as a leader who speaks the “truth” and fights for the “cause of justice”, regardless of the party. This flamboyant speaking leader who now associates with the BJP has not been well received by some of his supporters who are disappointed with his decision.

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