Pawan Kalayan: Will He Face Balakrishna In 2019 Elections?
Hindupur: Speculations in Jana Sena are paving way to a war between two film celebrities in the next elections which will be between Hindupur MLA Balakrishna and Pawan Kalyan.
Pawan Kalyan, actor-turned-politician, announced many times that he will be contesting from Anathpur district in 2019 elections. Jana Sena cadre is keeping pressure on him to contest from Hindupur for two reasons. Facing Balakirshna will certainly bring boom to the party in Anathpur district as Balayya is facing anti-incumbency in his constituency and secondly Kapubalija community vote bank along with minorities are moving away from the TDP in this constituency according to a brief survey by Jana Sena.
This seat has been a forte of the TDP from 1983 when NTR won the seat and Balakrishna won the seat with ease in 2014 elections.
But it is not easy for him if he chooses to contest from the same constituency as anti-incumbency is strong against Balakrishna. Hindupur voters are angry with him for not visiting constituency from past six months and as per Balakrishna’s promise he did not solve the water problem too in the constituency.
At the same time, it is not easy for Pawan Kalyan to win the seat since he does not have strong cadre and has to face triangular fight with YSRCP becoming strong at ground level.
Both leaders are keeping their options wide open with Balakrishna looking towards Penamaluru constituency of Krishna district and Pawan keeping Gunthakal of Ananthpur district as safe bet.
But if both decided to contest from Hindupur, it will be an interesting fight in AP politics.