Locked himself in the most backward region of the State, Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan had hit the ruling Telugu Desam Party hard for neglecting the region. The Jana Sena chief who is planning to make a foray into the electoral politics in 2019 is trying his luck in this backward region where he finds at least 20 Assembly seats out of the 35. He had launched his agitation on May 20 and is set to be there for the next one month holding some programme or the other.
Pawan Kalyan is currently in Srikakulam district and is set to enter Vizianagaram district in the next couple of days. Addressing public meetings every day, he is going tough on the ruling Telugu Desam Party, which he believes had come to power at his mercy in 2014.
Be blamed the government for doing injustice to Uttarandhra by focusing only on the capital city Amaravati. Addressing a gathering at Palakonda and Rajam in Srikakulam district, Pawan said by denying ‘Neeru, Nidhulu and Niyamakalu’ (water, funds and posts), the TDP government has made Uttarandhra a backward region.
“It is cheating people of Uttarandhra by denying them their rightful share. I promise you when Janasena comes to power, every measure will be taken to develop Uttarandhra on all fronts and ensure more employment opportunities in Srikakulam district,” he said.
Walking shoulder to shoulder with people, fans and supporters, in the protest march, he told the gathering that he learned martial arts, taking inspiration from Kodi Ramamurthy, who hailed from Veeraghattam in Srikakulam district. “I will never forget the love and affection of the people of this district,” he said.
He reiterated that Jana Sena’s stance on special category status (SCS) had never changed as that of the TDP, which now had finally taken up. “People are soldiers of Jana Sena and every soldier has to give a fitting reply to the rulers who changed their stance on SCS,” he thundered. Holding TDP responsible for the continuing backwardness of Srikakulam district, the Jana Sena chief questioned the negligence of the government in completing the Thotapalli reservoir. “All it takes is another Rs 265 crore to complete the project, which stands to benefit five mandals in the district by irrigating 60,000 acres. The government says it does not have money, but finds it convenient to pay Rs 500 crore to a former employee of Heritage in the name of fibernet contract,” he lashed out.