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Pawan Kalyan to campaign for BJP in Karnataka

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Back home in Malkajgiri constituency, he will bat for Lok Satta founder Jayaprakash Narayan

Pawan Kalyan
Pawan Kalyan

Jana Sena Party founder and Telugu actor Pawan Kalyan will be the star campaigner for the Bharatiya Janata Party.

He will canvass for the BJP in Kolar and Raichur constituencies on Tuesday on the last day for campaign in Karnataka.

On Monday morning, BJP Telangana unit president G. Kishan Reddy met the actor with a message from Mr. Modi seeking the latter’s support for the BJP. A few weeks ago, Mr. Kalyan had met Mr. Modi in Ahmedabad, on being invited by the latter.

The actor said he was requested by Mr. Modi’s office to help with the party’s campaign. “I told them that I would help them insofar as my dates would allow. However, I will go to people under the banner of the JSP and ask them to support the BJP,” he said. Mr. Kalyan has some associates in Karnataka on the JSP banner. He also has fans there.

Asked about his campaign schedule in Telangana and Seemandhra, the JSP chief said he would announce the Telangana schedule in two or three days. He reiterated that he would not field any candidate in this election under the JSP banner. His endeavour would be to motivate people to go the polling booth and vote for the BJP.

The Lok Satta Party will have also have Mr. Kalyan canvassing for its candidates. He has given his word to campaign in the Malkajgiri Parliamentary constituency in support of Lok Satta Party’s candidate and national president Jayaprakash Narayan.

“We are working out the campaign plan and the schedule. The idea is to evolve an interesting format and theme so that the actor can spare optimum time,” a party national executive member said. The party’s campaign managers have drawn up innovative strategies, including facilitating interaction of first-time voters with Dr. Narayan. When asked about Mr. Kalyan’s preference for Lok Satta, party sources said that the actor had backed and campaigned for the party in 2009 elections. Mr. Kalyan’s campaign would give further fillip to the Lok Satta’s agenda of value-based politics with a socially inclusive economic agenda to reach out to young voters, they said.

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