Actor-politician and Jana Sena Party (JSP) chief Pawan Kalyan on Thursday lashed out at Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and asked him not to interfere with politics in Andhra Pradesh. Speaking at a public meeting at L B Stadium in Hyderabad, Pawan said that the people of Andhra had already "suffered enough" due to bifurcation.
“If you have any rivalry with Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, seize his house in Hyderabad or do anything to him. But don’t involve the people of Andhra in the tussle,” Pawan said.
Stating that he had high regards for KCR as a leader, Pawan said, “There may be hate between the leaders but there should not be hate among the people. It is the responsibility of the leaders to prevent such a situation.”
Pointing out that several defectors from other parties had joined the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and were given senior positions, Pawan asked, “How can KCR build a new Telangana with leaders from other parties?”
He also hit out at the TRS chief for going back on his word, of making someone from the Dalit community, the first Chief Minister of the newly-formed state.
The JSP chief was addressing the meeting along with Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) President and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati.
Speaking at the event, Mayawati said that she wanted to see Pawan Kalyan come to power in Andhra Pradesh and also lashed out at KCR, pointing out that he had become the CM, even though 70 percent of the population of Telangana belonged to the SC, ST and OBC communities.
Targeting the Congress and BJP, Mayawati said, “The Congress ruled the country for 70 years and has lost faith of the people and lost power in many states. The BJP came into power in 2014 by making false promises and implemented none of what they assured to do, for the people.”
Elections to the 175-member Assembly and 25 Lok Sabha seats in the state are scheduled to be held on April 11.