Eternal dissident keen to join Jana Sena

Kapu senior leaders are looking towards Jana Sena. There are intense speculations that state’s senior politician Harirama Jogaiah will join the party of Pawan Kalyan, who also belongs to his caste. In the past he had played a key role in Praja Rajyam floated by megastar Chiranjeevi. Now he is said to be moving towards Jana Sena. After being associated with all the parties TDP, Congress, Praja Rajyam and YSR Congress, he is currently staying away from politics. With 9 months to go for elections, his friends say he is planning to enter Jana Sena and contest for Lok Sabha. Jogaiah has a special place among Kapus and he wants to use this recognition to enter the fray. He believes with his personal image and the popularity of Pawan, he can easily win.

In 2009 elections nobody had thought that Praja Rajyam chief Chiranjeevi will contest from Palakollu constituency in West Godavari district. Hariram Jogaiah was first among those who surprisingly fielded Chiranjeevi from there. However, Chiranjeevi’s defeat from Palakollu disappointed his fans. Political observers say the senior leader is again likely to be invited by Pawan to join the party. Pawan visited Palakollu during his praja porata yatra. He also called on Hariram Jogaiah. On this occasion Jogaiah also felicitated Pawan. Jogaiah told him that he is making a film titled ‘Senani’. Later they reportedly discussed politics. Pawan understood to have told Jogaiah that if a powerful leader of Kapus and a senior like him joins Jana Sena it will give further strength to the party.

Whichever party Jogaiah is in, he keeps on voicing dissent. When he was in Praja Rajyam and Chiranjeevi contested from Palakollu, he had made controversial remark that Chiranjeevi cannot win. No matter which party he is associated, he is known for making his presence felt. As only nine months to go for elections, there have been reports that Jogaiah will once again enter politics. Belonging to Kapu community, he has many followers among Kapus. He is recognized as a leader with good public support. In this context, caste realignment is happening in West Godavari district. Pawan is also focusing more on the two Godavari districts and trying to rope in leaders from his community.

Jogaiah who hails from West Godavari district plans to contest the next elections from Narsapuram constituency. Currently this constituency is being represented by BJP’s Gokaraju Gangaraju. However, TDP is planning to field a strong candidate from here in the coming elections. Similarly Congress and YSR Congress are also gearing up to field strong candidates from here. In this context, Jana Sena may face a problem in finding a suitable candidate. Party leaders are saying that this gap can be filled by giving ticket to Jogaiah who is from Kapu community.

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