Politics and cinema are almost inseparable in Andhra Pradesh. The state was one of the first to have a CM who was a popular actor, second only to Tamil Nadu.
Now, actor Ram Charan Teja is the latest film star to enter the political arena – albeit in the supporting cast. Ram Charan, who is enjoying the success of Rangastalam, has expressed his willingness to campaign for his uncle Pawan Kalyan for the 2019 elections.
In a recent interaction with the media, Ram Charan said he would like to campaign for his uncle’s party, Jana Sena, in 2019. “I always support the family,” he told reporters.
A year ahead of the 2019 General Election-Assembly Election combine in Andhra, all the stakeholders are gearing up with the single point agenda of capturing political power. While CM Chandrababu Naidu is busy with his regular outreach programme Dharma Porata Deeksha, his rival and YSRCP leader Jagan Reddy has reached the 2000km mark in his political walkathon.
In the middle is Pawan Kalyan, actor-turned-politician who started Jana Sena party, and is heading into the elections alone, unlike in 2014 when he teamed up with Chandrababu Naidu’s TDP.
Pawan Kalyan has started his Praja Porata Yatra in North Coastal Andhra, and has been addressing several public issues such as Uddanam Chronic Kidney Disease. Pawan, who is seemingly maintaining distance from his film family, has now found support from his brother Chiranjeevi’s son.
Ram Charan told reporters that he earlier wanted to campaign for the party founded by his father – the erstwhile Praja Rajyam which merged with the Congress in 2011 – but his uncle stopped him from doing so.
“He (Pawan Kalyan) told me that it was too early for me to campaign,” Ram Charan said.
“When he needs us to, we will definitely support him,” the actor said about his uncle’s party – clarifying that he will only do so when Pawan himself instructs him to.
“If he feels that he requires us, and if he commands and instructs us, we will go and campaign for him without a second thought,” he said.