Pawan Kalyan to contest 2019 AP assembly polls

Vijayawada: Telugu film star and Jana Sena Party chief Pawan Kalyan today announced that he would contest the Assembly election in 2019, but did not reveal the choice of his seat.

“I don’t know if I will win or lose, whether you will vote for me or not. But I will continue my fight for you. I will always stand by you and fight against people’s problems,” he said while addressing a public rally in Anantapuramu this evening.

The rally was part of Jana Sena’s programme to muster people’s support for the cause of special category status to the state.

Kalyan, who recently announced that he would enrol as a voter in Eluru town in his native West Godavari district, said he would soon inaugurate Jana Sena’s first office in Anantapuramu.

Kalyan, who launched Jana Sena on the eve of 2014 elections, did not jump into the electoral arena, but lent support to the TDP-BJP combine and aided in its victory in Andhra Pradesh.

Although he did not build his party structure in the last two years, off late he has started picking up a few persons to carry the mantle along with him.

Though Kalyan said he would contest for an MLA seat in 2019, he did not specify if Jana Sena would field other candidates as well.

The star said he sought an appointment with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss the special category status issue.

He once again criticised Union ministers M Venkaiah Naidu and Y S Chowdary on the “special package” they claimed to have achieved for AP. “Your package is like a paper plane.

It doesn’t fly,” Kalyan said in a veiled attack on Chowdary.

“There are some people who are getting felicitated for delivering a special package that does not have any legal sanctity,” he said indirectly taking potshots at Naidu.

“We will not forget the injustice done to AP on the SCS issue and we will fight for it,” Kalyan asserted.