Now, will Ali throw his hat into the ring is the moot question
The political merry-go-round has begun to gain momentum. With a few more parties craving to scoop their share of political space, the aspirants are weighing their options carefully.
What will noted comedian Ali’s next move be is something that is sure to catch the attention of one and all. That the actor has been nourishing political ambitions for quite some time is an open secret. Keen on contesting on TDP ticket from Rajahmundry Assembly constituency, the actor, after announcement of the election schedule, is said to have spoken to his well-wishers to elicit their opinion on his winning chances.
But, Ali is in a fix now. With actor Pavan Kalyan, called ‘Power Star’ by his fans, sending strong feelers on his political entry in a few days, Ali, who is a close friend of Pavan, is said to be rethinking his political moves.
“For Ali, it will be like walking on the knife’s edge. The actor turned down the TDP offer in 2009. This time, there seems to be no option for him. But, the Pavan factor is weighing heavily on him,” says a close associate of Ali.
Actor-turned-politician Maganti Murali Mohan, who is eyeing the Parliament seat, too is giving a serious thought on the fallout of Pavan’s foray into politics.
Pavan, brother of ‘Megastar’ and former Union Minster K. Chiranjeevi, is said to be keen on contesting from Kakinada, as the Kapu community to which he belongs has a strong presence in East Godavari district. As news spread that he is all set to launch a political party on or before March 14, community leaders, both in Kakinada and the district, as also youth from other communities have announced their support to the actor.
“As Rajahmundry Assembly and Parliamentary constituencies have a large presence of the Kapu community, Pavan Kalyan will definitely field his candidates there,” says a Kapu leader of the Congress. In such a scenario, the chances of Ali contesting as TDP candidate seem to be bleak, considering the latter’s friendly relations with the ‘Mega’ family.
Meanwhile, former MPs — Vundavalli Arun Kumar and G.V. Harsha Kumar — who fell from grace of the Congress high command for their open criticism of the party’s decision on the bifurcation issue and who decided to sail with former Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, are leaving no stone unturned to make the meeting proposed on March 12 to announce the launch of the new party by Mr. Reddy a grand success.
Mr. Harsha Kumar held a series of meetings with his supporters at his residence in Rajahmundry in this connection on Friday. “We have shortlisted five names, three flags, and four symbols for the new party. They will be finalised in a day or two. The announcement will, however, be on March 12,” Mr. Harsha Kumar said.
Mr. Arun Kumar has been making every effort to rope in as many leaders as possible from other parties, non-political outfits such as gazetted officers, NGOs, and professionals into the new party fold. “Those who are interested in joining the new party will be invited to the March 12 meeting,” says a close associate of Mr. Arun Kumar.