Rama Krishna Sangem
Jana Sena chief and Power Star Pawan Kalyan made it clear that he can think of becoming Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, if only he can win 30-40 MLAs in the coming assembly elections. “Had we won 30-40 MLAs in 2019, today, I would have been in a position to aspire to become CM, but that hasn’t happened. We want to grow on strength of our party, not otherwise, he made it clear, to his party senior leaders.
Addressing them at Jana Sena party office in Mangalagiri, Guntur district, on May 12, Friday, Pawan made it clear that he will forge alliance with TDP and BJP, if possible. “Our main target is ruling YCP led by CM Jagan Mohan Reddy. To defeat him, we need a winning strategy, not mere slogan shouting or sheer emotions,” said Pawan, responding to his leaders screams – “CM!, CM!”.
Pawan Kalyan gave a piece of his mind to those – within and outside his Jana Sena – that he should aim to become CM in next elections, and he should not settle for anything less. “These leaders who are asking me to aim for CM post have never worked for our party or helped us win any seats in earlier elections. I’m referring to certain Kapu leaders who say this. They never canvassed for our party, they have no right to give us advises,” said Pawan Kalyan.
“Will move strategically”
Pawan Kalyan told his leaders that he would move strategically to achieve his goal of becoming CM, but not in a hurry. He indicated that he can ask for the CM post, if only he has not less than 30-40 MLAs from his party. “Otherwise, why should anyone make me CM? he asked Jana Sena leaders. In a sense, he told his leaders that first they should focus on winning more seats, and CM post will be decided after the elections.
Pawan Kalyan took a dig at his party cadre or supporters, for not giving him a respectable seats in 2019 elections. “We couldn’t win even 7 seats like MIM or 16 MLAs like then Praja Rajyam Party or even a win like Tamil film star Vijaykanth – referring to his own defeat,” said Pawan Kalyan. He said, he is not in politics to make TDP leader Chandrababu Naidu CM, but he doesn’t want to lose badly in a triangular contest in the coming elections.
By his hour long speech, Pawan Kalyan cleared the air of uncertainty over Jana Sena having alliances with TDP. If BJP comes along well and good, but otherwise, he will go with Naidu.