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Actor-politician Pawan Kalyan’s grand plans lack party muscle

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | U SUDHAKAR REDDY
Published Aug 29, 2016, 1:23 am IST
Updated Aug 29, 2016, 7:13 am IST
‘Hit-and-run’ Jana Sena chief doesn’t have party structure to back him up.
Jana Sena chief and actor Pawan Kalyan
 Jana Sena chief and actor Pawan Kalyan

Hyderabad: Actor-politician Pawan Kalyan for the first time came out with a clear roadmap on the special category status at his Saturday’s Tirupati meet, speaking of a political agitation for special category status. But with no organisational structure, political pundits are skeptical about his dreams of emerging as a full-time political force in Andhra Pradesh.

Pawan Kalyan, who founded the Jana Sena in March 2014 in the run-up to the general elections, has been branded a ‘hit-and-run politician’ as he emerges from political hibernation once every few months with a tweet, a press conference or a public appearance and then disappears.

 

The Jana Sena in a press release on Sunday clarified that the statements being circulated in the name of party representatives were the views of individuals and not that of the party. It admitted that the party organisational structure was yet to be finalised.

Two-and-a-half years after its formation, the Jana Sena said in the note on a letterhead that the party did not have a structure and no official spokesperson had been appointed. “Views being expressed in the media in the name of Jana Sena spokesperson are not that of the party,” it said.

BJP spokesperson K Anjaneya Reddy said, “Pawan Kalyan appears to have learnt a lesson from the debacle of his brother Chiranjeevi, who plunged into politics directly from films. Pawan has taken up the sentimental issue of special category status to build his political career. He was infamous for hit-and-run politics as was evident during the Amaravati land agitation. A ramp was built and he had a filmy interaction with the farmers. At Tirupati too, he was alone on the stage.”

The BJP leader said that Pawan may end up as a failure as no leader from other parties would join him if he tried to be the supremo. “For the first tour, he may pull crowds but for the second time he will definitely fall flat. We are asking him to enter politics full time and not be a showman,” he said. CPI leader K. Narayana demanded that Pawan Kalyan enter politics and work for the people.

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