Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan is getting ready for his prestigious marathon walk on October 15 on the Dowleswaram barrage across Godavari river. This walk, he says, would be a clear warning to the Telugu Desam Party-led State government and the Bharatiya Janata Party-led Central government on the denial of special category status and other bifurcation benefits to the State. The walk would also be a strong support to the people on their fight for the bifurcation benefits, he claimed.
Pawan Kalyan had opened his party’s state headquarters in Vijayawada. Then he interacted with the media where he made his mind clear on the politics for the next elections in the Telugu States and his possible alliance, besides strengthening his own party.
Feeling elated over the joining of senior Congress leader and former speaker Nadendla Manohar in the party, Pawan Kalyan said that he had not invited anyone to join the party. However, he said he would welcome the leaders to join him only after knowing his commitment to the people. “I would welcome only those who like my policies and approach towards the people. I have some policies and those who want to join me should have equal faith towards my policies,” he said.
He batted for transparency and accountability in politics which is missing now. “I supported Chandrababu Naidu in the last election keeping in view that his experience would help the State. But, he had been changing his stand on various crucial issues. He had changed his stand on special category status more than 14 times. How can we trust him?,” he asked.
On alliance with other parties, particularly the Left, Pawan Kalyan said that he would wait till the election schedule is released. “Anything can happen in politics. There are no permanent friends and foes. It all depends on the policies and situations,” he said.
In Telangana, Pawan Kalyan said his party would contest at least 25 Assembly seats. However, he said it would hold consultations with the party leaders before taking a decision. However, in Andhra Pradesh, he said he would contest all the 175 Assembly constituencies.