Jana Sena at cross roads in AP

By Nehru.T Feb. 17, 2020, 10:55 am IST
Jana Sena at cross roads in AP

The Jana Sena is at cross roads now in AP politics. It is neither on the “Left” side nor on the “Right” side as of now.

Its realignment with the BJP had failed to take off, as a joint programme of the Jana Sena and the BJP was postponed twice so far. Interestingly, the first joint programme planned by the State leaders of the BJP with Jana Sena was in favour of Amaravati as capital and it was postponed for reasons not known. Probably, the BJP central leadership might have advised the state leaders to stop any agitation as the capital issue is the prerogative of the State government.

The Jana Sena started its political career with alliance with the BJP just before the 2014 general elections and was forced into alliance with the TDP later. However, the relationship could not last for long as Pawan Kalyan is not clear on many issues. He keeps changing his politics – some times in favour of the Communists and Bahujans and some times in favour of the TDP and BJP.
The inconsistency in political decisions is said to the reason for the BJP national leadership to advise its state leaders to keep a distance to Pawan Kalyan. It is for this reason, he had to go to the Amaravati villages all alone, though his party had initially planned a joint action programme.

As he aligned with the BJP, the Left parties have dropped him and the Bahujan Samaj Party of Mayawati is not allowing him to come any closure. The TDP too seems to be interested in using Pawan Kalyan and his voice in its favour rather than having an open alliance.

Many a time, Pawan Kalyan toes the line of the TDP and the other day, he shocked everyone by saying that people have lost their right to speak against the alleged corruption of Chandrababu Naidu’s former PS Srinivasa Rao, who is under the IT scanner. He said that the IT officials collecting evidences to the corruption of Rs 2,000 crore is a small issue and this statement had shocked even his supporters, as it was a clear indication of his soft line with the TDP.

He left the Communists. He was discorded by the Bahujans and now he is not taken into confidence either by the BJP or the TDP. Thus, the Jana Sena chief and his party stands literally at the cross roads, not having clarity on which side to move.

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