"I appeal to people to repose their faith in me. As Chief Minister, I would be with the people and lead the state in the right direction,” Pawan said.

Supporting TDP in 2014 was mistake Ill be next Andhra CM Pawan Kalyan
news Politics Monday, November 05, 2018 - 08:17

Actor-politician and Jana Sena Party chief Pawan Kalyan on Sunday addressed a massive gathering of supporters at Jaggampeta in Andhra Pradesh as part of his ongoing tour in East Godavari district and said that his decision to extend support to the ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in 2014 was a 'mistake'.

“The Jana Sena had supported the TDP in 2014 only because Chandrababu Naidu was a senior leader endowed with due exposure and administrative abilities. YSRCP leader Jaganmohan Reddy was then facing cases by the CBI and it would not have been proper to extend any support until he came out clean, proving his integrity,” Pawan Kalyan said.

The JSP chief also said that there would not be a repeat of 2014 as the party would never entertain Naidu’s move to make his son, Nara Lokesh, the next Chief Minister of the state. He also came down heavily on Naidu and said that the administration was mired in corruption.

Claiming that his party would storm into power, Pawan said, “The state is going to have its most cherished leader as its Chief Minister. It may unpalatable for some people to find Pawan Kalyan as the CM, but it is going to happen as the Jana Sena would prove its strength in 2019. I appeal to people to repose their faith in me. As Chief Minister, I would be with the people and lead the state in the right direction.”

Speaking about Special Category Status (SCS) for Andhra Pradesh, Pawan said that the JSP was ready to take on even Prime Minister Narendra Modi for what was due to the state.

“I am not used to taking things lying low. I came with a steely resolve to fight for the interests of Andhra Pradesh,” he said, adding that JSP was unstoppable.

“The state was divided showing scant regard to the sentiments of the people in the Telugu heartland. But BJP cannot be entirely absolved of its responsibility for today’s state of affairs in Andhra Pradesh. Both the Congress and BJP are equally responsible for the plight of the people in the state,” he added.

He also questioned the YSRCP’s decision to stay away from the Assembly and asked Jagan who would speaking for the people on their issues, if he continued to boycott proceedings, to accommodate his padayatra.