Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan made a surprise visit to Lucknow the other day and had returned to Hyderabad on the same day. The mission was to meet Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati for initial talks on alliance between the BSP and Jana Sena in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. However, it is said that Pawan Kalyan could not meet the BSP supremo as she was not available and was busy with the Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh State elections.
Pawan Kalyan, however, had some prolonged interactions with a handful of leaders from the BSP during his stay in Lucknow. He is also said to have had some interactions with social activists and intellectuals representing the backward classes. Persons close to Pawan Kalyan admit that the Jana Sena chief is interested to replicate the BSP’s model of building Dalit-OC combination. It was this model that had helped the party wins the Assembly with Mayawati becoming the chief minister.
Pawan Kalyan too is interested in building a similar combine in Andhra Pradesh. During his tour in the districts, Pawan Kalyan had expressed his displeasure on the power being held by two dominant castes here and raised the need to change the power or transform the power to other neglected castes. He is said to be looking for a social polarisation where every other caste joins hands with him against the two castes that have been holding power.
It is to build this alternative platform, the Jana Sena chief had travelled all the way to Uttar Pradesh and held consultations with the senior leaders of the BJP, who played crucial role in building Dalit-OC combine. Pawan Kalyan is not interested in owning up his own Kapu community alone and plans to bring all neglected castes together like the BSP did in Uttar Pradesh.
However, back home, the Kapu and Dalit leaders in Andhra Pradesh have already started the exercise to bring these two groups together. The first meeting, in this process, was held at Kakinada the other day, where Kapu leader Mudragada Padmanabham and Dalit leader, Prakash Ambedkar, besides others from the State, were present. Former MP G V Harsha Kumar, who took the initiative to convene the meeting, left the place in protest as Mudragada had invited former MP Chinta Mohan for the event. Thus the unity efforts failed in the womb.
It is to be seen how Pawan Kalyan would direct his own vision riding his party to victory in the next round of elections.