In a major shift from his tall claims of being not interested in caste-based politics, Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan, had finally entered the caste politics at Narsapur in West Godavari district, the other day. He met the representatives of various BC caste leaders for a long internal session where he wanted the divided BCs to get united.
Though he claims that he had not come to politics only for power, he emphasised the need to be united to wrest power from others in the State. He claimed that the people were suffering between the family politics of Chandrababu Naidu and Jaganmohan Reddy and wanted an alternative to this leadership. Without projecting himself as the alternative to Chandrababu Naidu and Jaganmohan Reddy, the Jana Sena chief tried his best to woo the BCs promising them greater powers through his party.
One wonders how a politician can do justice without staking claim for power and such statements from Pawan Kalyan gives an impression that he is still not a serious politician. He makes several contradicting statements every time when he meets the groups of people or addresses public meetings. At one meeting he wants people who are looking for change in politics to support him and bring his Jana Sena to power. In another meeting he says he had not come to politics just for power. He had planned his career not for five years but for 25 years from now. These statements raise doubts on the maturity levels of the leader.
In the Narsapur meeting, Pawan Kalyan met the representatives of the Kapu, Balija, Ontari and Telaga community who have been fighting for reservations. He said that these castes were supporting either TDP or YSR Congress being their followers. He wanted them to come out of these two parties, stop supporting them and support him who is serious on issues. However, elsewhere in his meetings at one point of time, he regretted that Kapus were still fighting for reservations rather than capturing political power.
Whatever his confusion levels are, Pawan Kalyan started his caste-based political journey from Narsapur. It is clear that he is going to give greater representation to the Kapu community, besides other BC castes in his party and during the elections. It is to be seen how these castes help the young leader to capture power.