Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan had promised better deal for the Muslim minorities if his party is voted to power. He also stressed the need to provide safety for the Minorities in the country as they played a greater role in freedom struggle and later.
Pawan Kalyan interacted with the representatives of the Muslim Minorities during his East Godavari tour at Kakinada. He said he did not like the Muslims to be called Minorities in the country as the country’s independence and its survival till now has their contribution too.
He felt that there was no need for Minorities to feel insecure in the country and asserted that they do have equal rights on this land along with others. On his support to the Bharatiya Janata Party in 2014, Pawan Kalyan said that he had supported Narendra Modi’s leadership and the BJP as a political party. “BJP is not a Hindu party or Hindu organisation. It is a political party and so I supported it,” he said.
Pawan Kalyan further said that he was criticised by many leaders for supporting BJP, which has Hindutva leadership. But, he believed that politics are to be fought on political ideology and not religious. He further said that he had no option but to align with the BJP in 2014. According to him any regional party in the country would have to align with one of the two national parties at one point of time.
“There are two national parties in the country – the Congress and the BJP. As a regional party, if you are not with the Congress, you have to be with the BJP and if you don’t like BJP, you have to be with the Congress,” he said. This time Pawan Kalyan said he was not looking at the national issues to align with either of the two parties. His concern now was the State after bifurcation and he would focus more on Andhra Pradesh issues.