Actor turned politician Pawan Kalyan on Tuesday said that the Jana Sena party would contest all 175 Assembly constituencies in Andhra Pradesh during the 2019 polls.
Addressing a meeting in Hyderabad with key party workers from all 13 districts of Andhra Pradesh, Pawan also announced the party's chief political strategist Dev, who had been working for the party for the past 10 months.
In a press release, Pawan Kalyan said:
“Power is resting in the hands of a few and the fruits of development are not reaching the common man. Our party is the voice of the common man. It is very easy for our opponents to question the political experience of Jana Sena. They should know that every party activist has a political experience of two general elections. We are working on a strong plan to build committees from the State to booth level in Andhra Pradesh. On the other hand, we are strengthening the cadre in Telangana. Election plan for Telangana will be announced by the second week of August."
He also said that he would tour Andhra Pradesh on May 11 and also address the issue of Special Category Status (SCS) being denied to the state.
Speaking to party activists, Dev said, “I have the experience of travelling with various national and international political parties. I have been in this field for a decade. Pawan Kalyan garu is a leader with great political perspective. He is not a seasoned politician who exposes his face only during elections. Pawan Kalyan has a clear understanding of public issues and is completely aware of various social topics.”
“We would come into power if party ideologies join hands with a structured political strategy. This has to be planned from booth level. My team needs your support. I will keep sharing my election strategies with you,” he added.
The actor had floated Jana Sena on the eve of 2014 elections but did not contest the polls and campaigned for BJP-TDP alliance.
He fell out with BJP after the later failed to fulfill the poll promise to accord special category status to Andhra Pradesh.