Actor-politician Pawan Kalyan took everyone by surprise on Saturday as he trekked to the Lord Venkateswara temple atop Tirumala from Alipiri, bought a darshan ticket of Rs 300, and stood in the queue like a common man.
However, as the media gathered and devotees began trying to get a glimpse of the actor, police personnel stepped in and escorted him through the darshan.
Many fans could be seen yelling and whistling as Pawan got into his car, with many taking photos and selfies with the Jana Sena party chief.
Speaking to reporters, Pawan said that he came to seek blessings from the deity before his plans of undertaking a 3-month long bus yatra across the state of Andhra Pradesh.
Earlier this month, Pawan said that his party would contest all 175 Assembly constituencies in Andhra Pradesh during the 2019 polls.
Addressing a meeting in Hyderabad with key party workers from all 13 districts of Andhra Pradesh, Pawan also announced the party's chief political strategist Dev, who had been working for the party for the past 10 months.
In a press release at the time, Pawan Kalyan had said:
“Power is resting in the hands of a few and the fruits of development are not reaching the common man. Our party is the voice of the common man. It is very easy for our opponents to question the political experience of Jana Sena. They should know that every party activist has a political experience of two general elections. We are working on a strong plan to build committees from the State to booth level in Andhra Pradesh. On the other hand, we are strengthening the cadre in Telangana. Election plan for Telangana will be announced by the second week of August."
The actor had floated Jana Sena on the eve of 2014 elections but did not contest the polls and campaigned for BJP-TDP alliance.
He fell out with BJP after the later failed to fulfill the poll promise to accord special category status to Andhra Pradesh.