In a strategic move aimed at expanding its presence in Telangana, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has formed an alliance with actor-turned-politician Pawan Kalyan’s Jan Sena Party ahead of the upcoming 2023 Telangana Assembly Election. The alliance was showcased when Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared the stage with Pawan Kalyan, leveraging the actor’s massive fan base in the state. While the Jan Sena Party may not have created a significant impact in previous elections, the BJP hopes to capitalize on Pawan Kalyan’s popularity to gain traction.
The BJP has allocated eight seats to the Jan Sena Party in Telangana, with the Telugu Desam Party led by Chandrababu Naidu not participating in the electoral race this time. This move is part of the BJP’s strategy to strengthen its position in a state long dominated by K Chandrasekhar Rao’s Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS).
Political insiders suggest that the BJP is aiming to limit potential electoral setbacks in Telangana. Recent decisions, such as changing the state chief and hesitating to take action against K Kavitha, the daughter of K Chandrasekhar Rao, in connection with an alleged liquor scam in Delhi, may have a negative impact on the party’s electoral prospects.
Meanwhile, the Congress, traditionally a third contender in Telangana’s political landscape, is expected to benefit from these developments.
Pawan Kalyan, known for his alliance with Chandrababu Naidu in Andhra Pradesh, has expressed admiration for Prime Minister Modi’s resolute stance on national security and decision-making that prioritizes the country’s welfare over political considerations. During a recent rally, he emphasized that slogans like water, jobs, and funds for Telangana, which were prominent during the statehood agitation, remained unfulfilled promises after the formation of the state.
Pawan Kalyan praised Prime Minister Modi for his decisive actions, such as the revocation of Article 370, the ban on triple talaq, and the construction of the Ram Mandir. He highlighted the importance of a country’s development and internal security and expressed confidence in Prime Minister Modi’s ability to safeguard the nation.
As Telangana heads to the polls on November 30, all eyes are on the potential impact of the BJP’s alliance with Pawan Kalyan’s Jan Sena Party in this fiercely contested election. The results, which will be declared on December 3, will coincide with vote-counting in four other states: Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Mizoram.