Jana Sena forges alliance with BJP in Andhra Pradesh

Cheryl Sanders
January 19, 2020

On January 16, actor and politician Pawan Kalyan's Jana Sena Party announced the forging of an alliance with Bharatiya Janata Party in Andhra Pradesh. "We will work for the people of the state together".

"We feel that the people wish that AP needs a third alternative to check the casteiest and corrupt YSRCP government's misdeeds".

While Pawan Kalyan and JSP Political Affairs Committee chairman Nadendla Manohar represented their party, state president Kanna Lakshminarayana, Rajya Sabha member G V L Narasimha Rao and party state in charge Sunil Deodhar represented the BJP at Thursday's meeting.

Alliance vows to stall shifting Andhra capital out of Amaravati The coming together of the two parties brings a new ray of hope to the farmers of state capital Amaravati. Senior BJP leader, who was in Vijayawada to oversee the alliance deliberations, has said that the Jaganmohan Reddy government failed to meet the aspirations of people of Andhra Pradesh.

"Our alliance is meant to protect the state", they said. A coordination committee between these two parties was mooted to chalk out the future course of action.

"Discussions were held between the BJP and Janasena party leaders in an ideal political atmosphere on the issue of forging alliance and we chose to work together henceforth", he disclosed. "In simple terms, Jana Sena has now agreed to work under the conditions of BJP", said political analyst Telakapalli Ravi.

Stating that Pawan Kalyan has once again proved that he has neither stability nor clarity, YSRC legislator Ambati Rambabu questioned why Pawan Kalyan joined hands with BJP without fighting for Special Category Status (SCS). "We will emerge as a formidable force by 2024". "We have over four years' time to strength ourselves in the state and we will certainly clinch power in 2024", he asserted.

"We have already made it clear that the TDP is no longer welcome". He added that the new alliance would not make any difference in the future.

On the issue of multiple capital city proposed by the YSRCP government, both the Jana Sena and BJP leaders said Jagan Mohan Reddy could not take unilateral decisions.

As soon as the Sena was founded in March 2014, Kalyan supported the BJP-TDP combine in the elections in AP and Telangana.

Interestingly, Pawan Kalyan, a top Telugu actor and brother of Megastar Chiranjeevi, after entering politics had supported Prime Minister Narendra Modi and TDP president Nara Chandrababu Naidu in 2014 general elections held both for Lok Sabha as well as for the state.

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