In a move that signals his serious shift to politics, actor-politician Pawan Kalyan on Monday performed a 'bhoomi puja' and laid the foundation stone for his new residence-cum-office in Andhra's Amaravati region.
The Jana Sena party chief, along with his wife Anna Lezhneva, performed the rituals for a two-acre land at Khaja, in Guntur district, after arriving in Vijayawada on Sunday along with his family.
Pawan told reporters after the rituals that the decision to shift to Guntur was made after he felt that it was important to be approachable to people in the state.
When asked about the future plans of the party, Pawan Kalyan said, "We have appointed 12 people as panel members and are welcoming new persons to the party. My assets are my own earnings, and I lost my assets few times and again I earned them back. These are the assets of the people."
The Jana Sena chief later also visited the open grounds opposite Acharya Nagarjuna University, where the Jana Sena Formation Day meeting is scheduled to be held on March 14.
Kalyan had campaigned for the TDP-BJP alliance in the 2014 election, but distanced himself from both the parties last year.
Pawan, who plans to contest from Andhra Pradesh in 2019, chose Kodangattu in Telangana to launch his political campaign as it was here that he had a narrow escape when a high tension wire fell on him as he campaigned for the 2009 elections.
Pawan was then rooting for Praja Rajyam, the party floated by his elder brother, superstar Chiranjeevi. However, in 2011, Chiranjeevi merged his party with the Congress, which Pawan was reportedly not happy with.
In 2014, Pawan chose to float his own party
In 2016, Pawan decided to register himself as a voter in Eluru town of Andhra Pradesh after a delegation of party leaders from West Godavari district called on him and made a request to this effect.
At the time, he had said that his party's first office would come up in Anantapur.