Film critic, Kathi Mahesh, had finally made up his mind to try his luck in politics. He is now grooming himself to enter the political fray for the Lok Sabha in the next elections. He had also zeroed in on Chittoor Lok Sabha Constituency for his maiden entry.
Mahesh, who shot to fame for his criticism of Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan and his controversial comments on Lord Rama and his locking horns with Swami Paripoornananda, is now knocking at the doors of the Opposition YSR Congress and the Congress party to give him the Chittoor Lok Sabha ticket.
Kathi Mahesh addressed a meeting of the Madiga Joint Action Committee at Yemmiganur in Kurnool district the other day, where he targeted Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan, accusing him of having an unwritten understanding with the Bharatiya Janata Party. He alleged that Pawan is a puppet in the hands of the BJP leaders and is paid for being loyal to the BJP.
While batting for the categorisation of the SC reservations in favour of the Madigas, Kathi Mahesh blamed the Telugu Desam Party chief Chandrababu Naidu for ignoring the issue after coming to power. He further blamed the YSR Congress chief Jaganmohan Reddy for not talking about it due to fear of losing Malas votes.
He backed the demand for categorisation of the SC reservations, the long pending issue of the Madiga community in the two Telugu States. He said he would continue to give voice for the cause in the days to come. He also said he is ready to contest the next election to the Lok Sabha and wanted either the YSR Congress or the Congress to give him a chance.
Though he had expressed his wish to contest on the YSR Congress ticket and there is no vacancy in the party for the Chittoor seat, his criticism on Jaganmohan Reddy over the SC categorisation had closed the doors for him. However, there is nothing permanent in politics and if Jaganmohan Reddy finds some strength in having Mahesh with him, the film critic will always have a chance to fulfil his dream in politics.
However, it is too early for anyone to decide where the film critic would finally land as elections approach.