2019 AP Polls

Pawan Kalyan announces plan to contest 2019 AP assembly polls

Pawan-Kalyan-pti (File) Pawan Kalyan

Jana Sena Party chief Pawan Kalyan announced at a public rally in Anantapuramu on Thursday that he would contest the assembly election in 2019. Further, he said the party's first office would come up in Anantapuramu.

While the actor-turned-politician is organising rallies and meetings to gain grounds for the 2019 elections, Kalyan rejects such claims, saying he is only building public support against the BJP for denying special status to Andhra Pradesh and the TDP for accepting without protest what has been accorded to the state by the Centre. He accused both the parties of playing with the people's sentiments.

Kalyan described the special package given to the state as 'jugglery of numbers' and refuted the argument made by the Centre that it was giving the same assistance it would, had the state been accorded special status. "Your package is like a paper plane. It doesn't fly," Kalyan said.

Quoting financial experts, he said the state would have received Rs 1.70 lakh crore with or without the special package. He, however, rushed to add that he respects Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

He said he would not keep quiet when injustice is being done to Andhra Pradesh and added that he would start a revolution to set right the injustice meted out to the state. He also promised to work in collaboration with scientists and agriculture experts to bring prosperity to perennially drought-hit Anantapuramu district.

Kalyan had launched Jana Sena on the eve of 2014 elections. He, however, did not contest the polls but chose to campaign for the BJP-TDP combine.

He claimed that people were talking about corruption being rampant in the ruling TDP but remained silent on the issue of Kapu community, to which he belongs, fighting for the backward class status.

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