Pawan throws open challenge to BJP, TDP on alliance over AP Special Status

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Amaravati: Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan has finally broken his silence and fired salvos at his allies, BJP at the Center and TDP in the State. On Friday, he blamed both the parties for going against the wishes of the people and also for going back on the election promises. He also cautioned the national parties and national media for discrimination against southern States and the peoples’ culture.

He took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his one-sided governance. He said the BJP government was not following the spirit of democracy and blamed Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu for his double standard on special category status. He felt that Venkaiah Naidu should have secured special category status for the State had he spent half of the time that he was spending on his Swarna Bharati Trust.

The Jana Sena chief also took a dig at the TDP for being small-time BJP in the State implementing anti-people’s policies. Blaming the TDP for using police to snub people instead of winning over them through welfare programmes, he pointed out that no government survives without respecting the sentiments of the people.

Pawan Kalyan said he had supported the BJP and the TDP for the good of the people and taking the experience of Modi and Chandrababu into consideration. But now, since they have failed to fulfill their promises, he wanted to know why he should continue the alliance. He wanted the TDP and the BJP leaders to answer him on the continuation of Jana Sena’s alliance with the two parties. “You can tell me through media,” he said.

Pawan Kalyan also came down heavily on Union Minister Y S Chowdary and TDP MP Rayapati Sambasiva Rao for their ‘betrayal’ of the State. The actor-turned politician criticized the State government for spoiling the youth’s protest programme at Visakhapatnam seeking Special Category Status. He said that the people across the State were in favour of Special Category Status which was promised to them at the time of bifurcation. He recalled that both the TDP and the BJP have also promised the Status to the State. However, he regretted that the two parties have gone back on the promise betraying the people. He said he would not hesitate to fight for the cause along with the people, if the TDP and BJP fail to fulfill the promise.

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