Actor-politician and Jana Sena Party (JSP) chief Pawan Kalyan said that he would not merge his political party with any other outfit, stating that it was 'ruled out, even at gunpoint'.
"Jana Sena Party is not like any other regional party. It has its own ideals to maintain equality for every citizen of the country with an aim to extend the fruits of freedom to reach every individual apart from protecting national integrity," Pawan Kalyan said.
The actor-politician was addressing a meeting of party workers and leaders at the Mangalagiri party office in Amaravati on Friday.
Speaking on the occasion, he said, "The leaders are given the opportunity as in-charges based on their level of understanding of the party's ideology. We must not speak whatever we feel in politics, as some leaders have strong emotions. If you want to be retained in politics, then one must have control over their words."
Pawan Kalyan also appealed to his supporters to exercise restraint and advised them against making irresponsible comments, especially on social media.
"I did not float the party for my sake or my selfish ends. I did not come to politics with a backdoor entry. With a strong commitment to protect the Telugu people, I founded the party. Defeat or criticism cannot scare me," he said.
He asked his party cadre to extend support to flood victims in the state, as the water was entering houses and damaging crops in the Krishna river basin. He also appealed to the government to take steps to help the flood victims.
Pawan Kalyan had contested from two seats in the recent elections; Bhimavaram and Gajuwaka, but lost both polls.
This was the first time that the JSP had contested elections. The party had formed an alliance with the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) along with the CPI and CPI(M). However, the JSP only managed to win one Assembly seat from Razole.