Actor-politician Pawan Kalyan stated on Sunday, that he was ready to quit accepting new acting offers, so he could focus on politics.
The Jana Sena party chief was addressing party workers from Anantapur district in Andhra, who had applied for the jobs of party spokespersons, analysts, content writers and speakers, among other things.
According to reports, Pawan Kalyan even rebutted criticism that he was “only a part time politician and full time actor”.
Andhra Minister and TDP leader Nara Lokesh had said that politics was a “fulltime” job, while referring to his cousin Jr NTR.
However, many assumed that the remarks were directed at Kalyan.
"I know several leaders who have amassed wealth and are sitting at home, but are still called “full time” politicians.I am even prepared to forego acting for the sake of taking up brisk political activity for the Jana Sena" Pawan Kalyan was quoted as saying.
At the meeting, which was held at the party headquarters in Hyderabad, Kalyan reiterated that he would contest elections from Andhra's Anantapur district in the 2019 Assembly elections.
He also announced that he would undertake a Padayatra in the district soon.
In November last year, Kalyan had announced that he would contest in the upcoming elections from Andhra and stated that his party's first office in Andhra, would come up in Anantapur.
The actor had floated Jana Sena on the eve of 2014 elections but campaigned for the BJP-TDP alliance during the elections.
In recent times, the Jana Sena chief has been repeatedly pointing fingers at north Indian politicians for the country’s north-south divide.
Last week, Kalyan questioned the appointment of IAS officer Anil Kumar Singhal as the new Executive Officer (EO) of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD).
The TTD governs the Lord Venkateswara temple atop Tirumala, which is the richest Hindu temple in the world.
Taking to Twitter, Kalyan said, "I am not against 'North Indian IAS' officials taking charge of TTD, but would they allow any south Indian to take up an administrative position of a sacred shrine in north India?"