Vijayawada: Pawan Kalyan, the leader of the Jana Sena party, on Tuesday said that the Jana Sena was prepared to contest all 175 Assembly seats in the next elections. He added that a team of 1,200 members had already been assigned the task of identifying the right candidate for each constituency. Mr Pawan Kalyan held a meeting with key leaders from the 13 districts of the state at the party office on Monday. He introduced Dev as the chief political strategist of the party and said that Mr Dev would be involved in designing an institutional policy and an election strategy for the party.
He urged the party cadre to ensure that they made an impact from the booth level to the state level by implementing the party’s election strategy. “It is very easy for opponents to question the Jana Sena’s political experience. Jana Sena, as a party, may not have much political experience, but every activist has experienced at least two general elections. This is the first generation of the Jana Sena, and we all come from middle-class families,” Mr Kalyan said, adding that the party had activists in every village.
He said that in the last elections, he had wanted to have Jana Sena candidates contest 70 to 80 Assembly seats and 8 Lok Sabha seats, but he was forced to support the NDA because of the prevalent circumstances. “Contesting without an adequate understanding of conditions at the grassroots level leaves no scope for learning; it doesn’t yield good results. Unity among castes is our first and foremost ideal. The Jana Sena doesn't represent any caste. It has been established to provide talented activists with an opportunity to succeed,” he said. Mr Pawan Kalyan will tour the state from May 11 onwards to announce the members of the district committee for each district.