With the possibility of Andhra Pradesh heading for early polls before 2019, local media channels in the state began speculation of alliances that could be possible, ahead of the general elections.
On Wednesday, several Telugu TV news channels began broadcasting bulletins which claimed that political strategist Prashanth Kishore, along with another MLA of the opposition party,were in talks with actor-politician and Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan.
Some reports even went to the extent of claiming that the coalition between the two leaders had been confirmed and Pawan Kalyan had demanded the position of Deputy Chief Minister.
The reports backed their own speculation, by citing the common political views between YS Jaganmohan Reddy and Pawan Kalyan like the Centre’s failure to grant ‘special status’ to the state, and other such issues.
It is also interesting to note, that Pawan decided to take a neutral stand during the recently conducted Nandyal bye-election and Kakinada municipal elections last month. His party neither contested the bye-poll nor did they actively support any of the big parties.
However, the Prashanth Kishore team and the YSRCP leadership have dismissed these reports and stated that they were just rumours.
A senior leader from YSRCP told Deccan Chronicle “As such, Mr Jagan Mohan Reddy has no plans of an alliance. Not just with Jana Sena, but also with any other political party.”
He added that it was too early to arrive to conclusions about the alliances and power sharing.
Meanwhile, an anonymous source close to the Prashant Kishore team told TNM, "There is nothing like that. There is no official confirmation as such from top."
This also comes in the midst of the state’s two main parties conducting membership drives. While the TDP has launched ‘Initintiki Telugu Desam’, the YSRCP has launched ‘YSR Kutumbam’ to woo the voters.