Hyderabad: Telugu actor Pawan Kalyan says he wouldn’t play the role of a kingmaker any more in politics. Attacking the BJP and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, Kalyan said he had supported them during the 2014 election campaign but later realised he was being exploited.
When he met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi after the BJP’s victory in 2014, he felt he was no longer needed, the actor said during the interview. “Nobody said it, but I felt so,” Kalyan said.
Kalyan, who is Chiranjeevi’s brother, had started his political career in the party Prajarajyam. However, when Chiranjeevi merged it into the Congress, Kalyan floated his own Jana Sena in 2014.
Right after the formation of the new outfit, the BJP and TDP requested him to campaign for Modi, Kalyan says. The BJP, as much as the YSRCP, had requested him again this time, but he decided to fight on the behalf of the “third largest party in Andhra Pradesh”.
Kalyan will be seen throwing a challenge at both the TDP and YSRCP in the elections for 175 Assembly seats as well as 25 Lok Sabha seats in Andhra Pradesh.
Kalyan’s party Jana Sena has struck an alliance with the BSP, CPI(M), CPI for the Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha elections. The alliance has left 35 Assembly and seven parliamentary seats for the Jana Sena.
The Jana Sena is contesting in some seats of Telangana as well. According to Kalyan, his fight is not for a region or a caste. He cites the example of Chaitanya, who is the son of a bus conductor, whom he has fielded in this election; he names former IPS VV Lakshminarayan whom he has nominated for a fight against Jaganmohan Reddy — and claims all his candidates have something special about them.