Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan recently announced that his party would contest in 175 Assembly constituencies in the 2019 Andhra Pradesh elections. He also introduced his party's political strategist Vasudev, known as Dev.
The development amused many, as Dev reportedly was once a part of the BJP from Hyderabad’s Chintal Basti.
Several videos of speeches made by Vasudev and his pictures with BJP leaders are being shown in the media.
At the time of the announcement, Vasudev claimed he had over a decade of experience in electioneering and campaigning, had been working with Pawan Kalyan for more than 10 months, and that he can't speak "good Telugu".
However, videos showed Vasudev speaking fluent Telugu at a BJP event. The BJP, however, said that they don't have any association with Vasudev.
The Telugu Desam Party attacked the Jana Sena Party and said that there was a ‘Jagan-Pawan’ plot unfolding.
"JaganPawan’ plot unfolding.. Jagan/Modi-Shah strategist, Prashant Kishore, sends his Sishya, Dev, as political strategist to Pawan,” TDP MP Jayadev Galla tweeted.
‘JaganPawan’ plot unfolding.. Jagan/Modi-Shah strategist, Prashant Kishore, sends his Sishya, Dev, as political strategist to Pawan..— Jay Galla (@JayGalla) May 2, 2018