All eyes are on Telugu actor-turned-politician Pawan Kalyan and fingers are crossed across political lines as he prepares to deliver his speech on ‘special status’ to Andhra Pradesh on Friday evening at Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh.
Pawan Kalyan, dare-devil action hero of the Telugu people and current president of the Jana Sena party, will address more than 1 lakh supporters at “Seemandhra Atmagourava Sabha” meeting at sprawling 11 acres of JNTU playground.
Choosing Kakinada as the venue is a strategic ploy, as the BJP had promised “for one vote, it will give two states — Andhra and Telangana” in 1998 in this city.
Pawan Kalyan, who has now turned into a bitter critic of Narendra Modi after being denied power in the new governments at both state and Centre, feels that it can rouse the passions of the Andhra people, still bemoaning the loss of capital Hyderabad to Telangana.
Both the BJP and TDP are looking at the developments seriously. The TDP feels that Modi’s policy of not giving any credit or powers to Pawan has alienated him from the alliance.
But, the BJP considers it a clever move by the TDP to engage in a ‘kapu vs kapu’ game by supporting warring leaders from the same community.
Pawan is aiming nothing short of but repeating the success of the late chief minister and legendary movie star NT Rama Rao, who led Andhra Pradesh under the banner of newly-formed TDP by stirring Telugu pride.
Last few days, Pawan had come very heavy on both the TDP and the BJP, his former allies in last general elections, for failing to deliver special status to the state.
He is planning to reach out to the crowds this time, rekindling the memories of the violence witnessed in the Kapu heartland when their leader Mudragada Padmanabam organised a rally at Tuni on January 30.
The scale of violence by the agitators demanding reservations for Kapu’s has made to headlines in national media.
Probably, Pawan wants to rise to the stature of an agitator like Hardik Patel, who challenged Modi in home state by organising his caste members.
Obviously, this time the star is all set to steal the show, but not for his movie dialogues…