In a few hours from now, Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan is scheduled to address the party rank and file marking the party’s formation day at Rajahmundry. He is also equipped with the first set of the list of the party candidates for the impending election. According to the inside sources, Pawan Kalyan had cleared the names for 4 Lok Sabha and 32 Assembly constituencies. The list is likely to be released today either at the formation day meeting or later.
The Jana Sena is fielding BJP former MLA Akula Satyanarayana to the Rajahmundry Lok Sabha seat this time. He had also named the candidates for Amalapuram, Visakhapatnam and Anakapalli Lok Sabha seats. In the 32-member Assembly candidates’ list, prominent leaders like Nadendla Manohar, Pasupuleti Balaraju, Ravela Kishore Babu, Thota Chandrasekhar and Appikatla Bharat Bhushan are included.
Meanwhile, there seems a deadlock in the alliance talks with the CPI and the CPM. The two Left parties are looking forward to work together in the elections in alliance and the initial talks were successfully completed a couple of months ago. However, when the leaders sat across the table with the list of the constituencies, differences cropped up. The CPI and the CPM together are asking for 26 Assembly seats each and 2 Lok Sabha seats each. They have a list of the constituencies where the parties have contested in the past and won. The Assembly constituencies like Vijayawada West and Vijayawada central have become tough seats to settle. The CPI is firm on Vijayawada West, while the CPM is strong on the Vijayawada central segments. Jana Sena chief is also equally firm on these seats, besides others.
The Left parties are giving some trouble to the Jana Sena chief with their list that contradicts Pawan Kalyan’s political interests. He is not prepared to lose those seats to the Left parties and at the same time, he is not ready to break the alliance. It is this tough situation that is said to be the reason for the delay in releasing the Jana Sena’s first list.
It is to be seen if Pawan Kalyan overcomes this trouble and protects his party’s interests and saves the alliance with the Left parties.