Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan had met Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati in Lucknow and the two leaders have agreed to have alliance in the impending general elections in both the Telugu States. The Jana Sena and the BSP would contest the elections in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana States in alliance. The Jana Sena is already have a formal understanding with the CPI and the CPM. Talks are being held on the seats to be shared among the three parties. The CPI and the CPM have already asked for 26 Assembly seats and 2 Lok Sabha seats each accounting to 52 Assembly and 4 Lok Sabha seats out of the 175 Assembly and 25 Lok Sabha seats in the State. Now, the alliance with the BSP is an additional entity and the Jana Sena would have to part some more seats to the BSP candidates.
Pawan Kalyan had been presenting himself as a different politician as he speaks of the Left ideology and bats for a casteless society. He appears to be disinterested in cashing in on his own caste, at least in the Godavari districts, where Kapus have a dominant presence in terms of population and votes. Even politically, the Kapus are strong in the Godavari districts and their presence cannot be ignored in other places. However, he is not openly associating himself with the caste based politics, though his first list of Assembly and Parliament candidates has a handful of names from the community.
Now, the alliance with the BSP gives him some comfort to push forward his new age politics, which he talks about more often and lengthier. His statement that Mayawati is the best choice of the nation for the Prime Minister candidate also earns him some space in the national politics in the post-election polarisation. Mayawati had already aligned with the Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh and some northern States and they are ready to contest the elections and would be playing a key role in the formation of the next government at the Centre, if both UPA and NDA fail to get the required numbers. It is to be seen what Pawan Kalyan would do in such a case in the national politics?