Andhra Pradesh

Pawan sharpens criticism, callsNaidu ‘a man without values’

Upping the ante: Jana Sena Party president Pawan Kalyan speaking at a programme in Visakhapatnam on Thursday.   | Photo Credit: C.V.Subrahmanyam

“It was the TDP that had sought my support in 2014 and I did not approach it. Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu had himself asked me to support him in the elections, and I obliged. But he proved to be a man without any values,” said Jana Sena Party president Pawan Kalyan here on Thursday.

Mr. Pawan Kalyan was addressing ‘Jana Sainiks’ after welcoming 15 prominent persons into the party fold.

Giving details about his discussion with Mr. Naidu, he said, “Before the 2014 elections, I had a one-to-one meeting with Mr. Naidu. During the course of my interaction, I had casually broached the topic of fielding a few MPs and MLAs. Mr. Naidu then advised me to just support him and leave other issues to him. I believed and agreed to support him. But the moment I walked out, he told the media that I wanted a share in the seats. It was a one-to-one meeting. How did the media got to know of what transpired had Mr. Naidu not leaked it? That is why I say that Mr. Naidu is a man without values. That was the reason why I did not address the public meeting held at Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium in Hyderabad.”

‘I will question

the wrongs’

The TDP was seeking a second term and YSRCP president Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy wanted to become the Chief Minister. Their intention was only to rob the common man of his livelihood and land, Mr. Pawan Kalyan alleged.

“Given an opportunity, the TDP MLAs and their kin will sell the Dolphin Nose too to the private players. The atrocities of the TDP MLAs, who are hand-in-glove with the YSRCP leaders, have increased, and they need to be stopped. The JSP will do that,” he asserted.

“The JSP is not an opportunistic party, but one created by the middle class and the poor people,” Mr. Pawan Kalyan said.

Referring to the opposition parties terming him an emotional person, Mr. Pawan Kalyan said, “Yes, I am emotional. I cannot see a poor man go to sleep with an empty stomach. My blood boils when the land of a farmer is grabbed. People in my house, including Chiranjeevi, call me rebellious. But, that is how I am. Even during my school days I used to question the wrongs, and will continue to do so.”

Criticising the TDP and the YSRCP for trying to paint the JSP as a party founded to promote the interests of one particular caste, he said, “If that is the case, I would not have joined the TDP in 2014 as it is known to be patronised by an affluent caste segment.”

Those who joined the Jana Sena included former Congress leaders Bolisetty Satyanarayana, Gunturu Narasimha Murthy and his wife Bharati, INTUC leaders G. Appa Rao and J. Mohan Rao, advocate Pakala Satyanarayana, doctors J. Srinivasa Krishan, J. Balaji, and P. Sunitha.

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