Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan is inviting the opposition parties to join his long march in Visakhapatnam on November 3 in support of the building workers. The Jana Sena chief is understood to have decided to write to the opposition parties and seek their participation.
The Jana Sena chief held a meeting with the party senior leaders on the proposed long march to be held in Visakhapatnam. The meeting felt that all opposition parties were fighting on the issue and would be better if invited. The Jana Sena leaders felt that the Telugu Desam Party, Bharatiya Janata Party and the Left parties were raising their voice in common for the construction workers and the sand scarcity.
While TDP leaders from across the state have been holding protests on sand issue, the BJP leaders too are blaming the State government for its failure to supply sand. BJP state president Kanna Lakshminarayana made serious comments on the state government. He said that the Jaganmohan Reddy government is unfit for administration as it could not supply sand in five months. He further said that sand scarcity and suicides by the construction workers was the return gift of the Jaganmohan Reddy government.
The Left parties too have been holding protests as most of the trade unions are associated with the party. Almost all the opposition parties have taken up the sand issue individually and holding protests are speaking on the issue. It is here that the Jana Sena chief wants to take advantage of the prevailing situation in his favour, particularly for the long march.
While it is not clear whether Pawan Kalyan would write letters to the leaders of these parties to join his long march or send senior leaders to invite them in person. A decision is likely to be taken in a day or two. If he gets the support from the opposition parties, the long march in Visakhapatnam would be the first major protest of the opposition in the new government. However, it is to be seen if the opposition parties join the long march to give credit to Pawan Kalyan or hold protests separately.