The meeting came as a surprise, as the two politicians have been critical of each other on several issues.

Pawan Kalyan meet with KCR on NY Eve raises eyebrows
news Politics Tuesday, January 02, 2018 - 08:40

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and actor-politician Pawan Kalyan met each other on Monday at the former's camp office in Hyderabad, Pragathi Bhavan, raising several eyebrows.

The duo, known to be bitter critics who have lashed out at each other on several occasions in the past, were seen shaking hands and talking to each other. 

The Chief Minister's Office said that the Jana Sena Party chief met KCR as part of a courtesy call on New Year. The meeting lasted for over an hour.

Pawan Kalyan on his part, told reporters that they did not discuss a lot of politics, but congratulated KCR and the TRS government to become the first state in the country to supply free 24-hour electricity to the agriculture sector.

The meeting came as a surprise, as the two politicians have not met eye to eye on several issues.

While Pawan did not oppose the bifurcation of Telangana out rightly, he has questioned the manner in which it has been done. 

In 2014, the actor-politician had taken a dig at Nizamabad MP K Kavitha, who is KCR's daughter, while also asking her to release the funds collected by her NGO, Telangana Jagruthi.

KCR himself in 2014, had remarked sarcastically that he did not know who Pawan Kalyan was, as he didn't watch films. 

On the other hand, KCR's son and Telangana IT minister KT Rama Rao has not been as harsh on the JSP chief. Recently, during a Twitter Q&A session, KTR remarked that Pawan Kalyan was an 'enigma'.

In March, a selfie of the two politicians had created a flutter on social media, during the release of Pawan Kalyan's film, Katamarayudu

"Watched ‘Katamarayudu’. Appreciate the subtle but strong promotion of handlooms. You have a sure winner," KTR had tweeted, along with a selfie of him and Pawan Kalyan.

Kalyan, who floated Jana Sena ahead of the elections in 2014, extended full support to the TDP-BJP combine and addressed rallies along with Modi.

Kalyan was specially invited for Modi's swearing-in ceremony as the former was instrumental in the combine's victory in AP.

He fell out with BJP after the latter failed to fulfill the poll promise to accord special category status to Andhra Pradesh. He has maintained that it is too early to decide alliances for the 2019 election in the state.