To pressurise centre, Pawan Kalyan calls for formation of JAC in Andhra Pradesh


Hyderabad: Even as Telugu Desam Party (TDP) members of parliament (MPs) demand that the centre fulfil promises made to Andhra Pradesh after the bifurcation from Telangana in 2014, Jana Sena Party (JSP) chief Pawan Kalyan has called upon all stakeholders to join hands and form a joint action committee (JAC) to demand “justice” for the state.

The actor-turned-politician, who campaigned for the TDP and Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) during the 2014 state and parliament elections, said all promises made to AP by the centre were “lies” and that he would pressure the centre to fulfil its promises.

“Raising slogans in the parliament won’t help. In Telangana, all stakeholders (including political parties) came together and formed a JAC. The same needs to be done now,” he said at a press conference on Wednesday.

Kalyan was also critical of the Andhra Pradesh government led by N. Chandrababu Naidu. “There are lapses on its side as well and in the process the people of AP are losing out,” he said. He suggested the JAC be formed with former Congress MP Undavalli Arun Kumar and the Lok Satta Party in AP.

“We will also support the bandh call on Thursday, but the Jana Sena cadre should confine it only to peaceful protests. The purpose of the protest is to express people’s pain to the centre and the government,” Kalyan later posted on Twitter, with regard to a bandh call given by the left parties in AP on Thursday.

Although the JSP did not contest the 2014 elections, Kalyan is considered to be crucial for the TDP to secure votes from the Kapu community in AP (which he belongs). He is also seen as the person behind securing all the seats for the TDP in the assembly from the East and West Godavari districts in AP, which have a sizable Kapu population.

When asked if he will continue his alliance with the TDP or break it, Kalyan refused to comment. In January he announced the beginning of his political career and started his campaign with a three-day tour from Jagityal district in Telangana and later continued it to AP.livemint