Will Rayalaseema Bless Pawan Kalyan Too?
ASWANI KUMAR ETURU
Anantapur: Will Rayalaseema bless political entry of Pawan?
Rayalaseema, became an ultimate destination for filmy stars to kick start their political careers for the past 33 years in Andhra Pradesh.
The drought-prone area, which is very backward, comprising only 4 districts, has been giving life to all film celebrities who make their political debut.
If we look at the past, late NTR made his entry from Hindupur in 1983, which became a political hub for TDP, which never lost the seat up to now. Balakrishna, son of NTR, contested from the same constituency in 2014 and won the seat. It was in Tirupati that NTR announced his decision to marry Lakshmi Parvati and make her his second wife, the decision that had spelled doom for his political career which ultimately resulted in the revolt staged by his younger son-in-law N Chandrababu Naidu. NTR was divested of the job of chief Minister. Chandrababu Naidu took over as CM in 1995.
Actor-turned-politician Chiranjeevi too sought the blessing of R’seema after he launched PRP in 2008. He contested for Assembly from Tirupathi along with Palakollu. Though Coastal Andhra people rejected him, Rayalaseema voters kept Chiranjeevi in their hearts by electing from Tirupathi.
His Brother, Pawan Kalyan, now joins the league. He recently announced his plans to fight in coming elections from Ananthpur district. Sources close to him say, Pawan will contest from Gunthakal constituency, which is a sentiment in two ways. One, its famous temple of Anjaneyaswamy, the deity whom Mega family strongly believes in. Second, the party that wins Gunthakal constituency will form the government in the State.
Important aspect in all these celebrities is that no one belongs to Rayalaseema but they thrived on the sentiment of voters , particularly by promising to solve the problems caused by the drought.
Rayalaseema, which consists of only 4 districts, Ananthpur, Chittor, Kadapa and Kurnool, witnessed leaders of State and national levels. When PV Narasimha Rao had to get elected to Lok Sabha after becoming prime minister without being a Member of Parliament, he chose Nandyala constituency to fight a by-Poll. The then Chief Minister Kotla Vijaya Bhaskara Reddy got the MP from Nandyala to resign for the sake of PV. The TDP supremo NTR did not put up a candidate against PV since a Telugu person became a PM. PV won with a record majority.
People of Rayalaseema are destined to decide the future of yet another celebrity politician. Already Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu and Opposition leader YS Jagan Mohan Reddy are representing Kuppam in Chittoor district and Pulivendula in Kadapa district respectively. Both the district are in Rayalaseema region. Rayalaseema calls all the shots in Andhra Pradesh politics. Will it also launch Power Star Pawan Kalyan?