Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan looks like he had realised his strength in AP politics. Several times in the past he had admitted that his strength is not enough to fight and his knowledge is not enough to comment. Now, he had admitted it once again. The only difference is he found some other leaders with whom he could travel and he named former MP Undavalli Arun Kumar and Lok Satta founder Dr Jayaprakash Narayana.
Pawan Kalyan said he would meet these two leaders soon and come out with a mechanism that would help him lead a political movement in the State for issues like special category status. Though he did not name it a JAC (Joint Action Committee), the media misunderstood it as JAC. But, he has plans to build a movement in the State that would help in fighting for the State issues. Though it is not clear how both Undavalli and Jayaprakash would react to this or how they would partner the movement, it is a welcome move from Pawan.
Given Pawan Kalyan’s four years of politics, forget about the Praja Rajyam Party, he is known as a good friend of Telugu Desam Party chief N Chandrababu Naidu. He always goes to the rescue of the TDP chief whenever the latter is in trouble, the latest being playing a spoilsport for YSR Congress chief Y S Jaganmohan Reddy on his completion of 1000 km marathon walk in Nellore district. Pawan suddenly jumped into the public scene in Telangana and reached Andhra Pradesh in no time to highjack the media from Jagan’s 1000km extravagance. Once this mission was successfully executed, he disappeared and resurfaced only to make an announcement on building a political movement with Undavalli and Jayaprakash.
With his political lenience to the TDP, one wonders how Pawan Kalyan would like to build the movement. Till the other day, it was expected that the Jana Sena chief would make inroads into the anti-incumbency votes in the State in the next elections causing some damage to the electoral fortunes of the YSR Congress and giving an advantage to the TDP. But, his statements in favour of the Chief Ministers of the two Telugu States have closed the doors for him in the anti-incumbency vote bank. This would mean that he would have to share the TDP votes in AP and TRS votes in TS. This realisation is what would have made him to look for some helping hands to get into the anti-incumbency votes and found Undavalli and Jayaprakash as the best bet for him to give him some space in the anti-incumbency vote bank.
As he himself claims, he is not clear on several issues and need to understand more. Perhaps, his association with the leaders like Undavalli Arun Kumar and Dr Jayaprakash Narayana might help him understand the politics. The two leaders might help be his political teachers to give him some knowledge on politics but not the vote share for his party from the anti-TDP sections.
Well, his repentance of not contesting the 2014 election is a welcome development from his leadership. He should also repent to have helped BJP-TDP in that election and realise that he cannot be a successful leader as long as he sided with or helped Chandrababu Naidu. He should realise the fact that he is a potential asset to the TDP in the State politics, while TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu is a disadvantage to his growth. Hope wisdom prevails on this political novice aspiring to be big in the State in the years to come!