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Updated: March 12, 2014 00:25 IST

JSP set to make dazzling debut: Kiran

Arun Kumar Govindraj
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Scepticism notwithstanding, Jai Samaikyandhra Party president Nallari Kiran Kumar Reddy with his slogan ‘Teluguvaari Aatma Gouravam’ hopes to make an impact with voters who have given up on the Congress, TDP and YSR Congress alike.

The former CM, who took his time to announce the new party, feels that a party like JSP is exactly what the voters want today. The lean turnout of leaders at his press meet on Monday to announce the party’s name has led some Congress leaders to remark derisively that JSP is a ‘sleeper berth.’ “Mr. Kiran Reddy’s party is like a sleeper berth. Those who fail to get tickets in first or second AC satisfy themselves with a seat in the sleeper class,” said Congress MLC K. Satyanarayana Raju.

Indeed, there’s not exactly been a flood of leaders into the JSP but that might just be its USP, say people gathering at his Madhapur office for party tickets.

As he races against time to select the candidates, Mr. Kiran Reddy has his hands full. “My focus is on students, NGO activists and women. We will pitchfork them into the electoral battle. We are going to create a new buzz in AP politics,” he asserts.

He goes on to say that people are above the party. “A party should reflect what people want but the Congress has done just the opposite,” he says. Will he ally with the Congress? “The question doesn’t arise. I floated the party only after the Congress has failed to safeguard the interests of Telugu people,” he avers. Taking a leaf out of Aam Aadmi Party’s symbol of broom, JSP, in all likelihood, will have the common man’s ‘chappal’ as its symbol. “There is a growing resentment among commoners that the Congress has betrayed them and they want Mr. Kiran Reddy to fight for them,” says the former CM’s brother Santosh Reddy.

Mr. Santosh Reddy, who is busy going through the survey reports of party’s chances in 13 Seemandhra districts say the party is going to change the way the electoral battles are fought and candidates are selected. “For instance, Muslims constitute a sizeable number in Kurnool (21%) and Srisailam (24%) segments and unlike other parties which focus on caste equations, we will give tickets to the deserving keeping in mind the local factors,” he reveals. As the Nallari brothers are bracing for the party’s launch in Rajahmundry on Wednesday, youngsters like Noti Prasad Reddy and Malla Kotappa are wasting no time and are already in campaign mode. “The JSP will win more seats than the YSRC and the TDP. Mr. Kiran Reddy will create a wave,” Mr. Prasad Reddy of Kavali says. He quit his software job recently to canvass for the new party.

It’s early days but the party will build gradually but steadily a rapport with the people which will bear fruit in the elections, says a close aide of Mr. Kiran Reddy.

It is about time old party structures be demolished. Parties should adopt electing leader and other party hierarchy by secret ballot in party convention. All these should be done head of General Elections. Thus eradicating selecting state CMs and party chiefs by a President of a party. Cronyism and corruption are to be dealt with for good in Indian Politics. Young people of all walks of life (from pauper to rich, educated, employees, women, caste no bar) should run in elections.

I applaud Kiran for starting a party and encouraging younger generation to participate in elections. We shall see how they fare in this election. But I wish them good luck!!

from:  Jay Bhogam
Posted on: Mar 13, 2014 at 12:29 IST

kiran reddy honestly fought for united state till the last second.he has
furnished all the relevant problems that would be faced by both new
states in future.i wish him all good luck.

from:  MCREDDY
Posted on: Mar 12, 2014 at 18:06 IST

Nice joke!
Everyone wants to become a CM and start a political party.
I wish Ambedkar was alive. He would have amended the constitutional
rules and have some minimum qualification and merit to run for the CM
chair. Everyone who is a politician son wants to become the CM.
It was because of this person that congress gave Telangana. YSR was
able to contain Sonia for 5.5 years. why was he not able to stop Sonia
from giving Telangana for 3 years? just that congress has no
confidence on him that he can wins seats for them.
So, we have 3 congress kid parties in Seemandhra. Congress, YSR
congress and JSP.
Worst part, people encourage these parties and feel they can make a
difference to their lives.

from:  Krish
Posted on: Mar 12, 2014 at 11:52 IST
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