Power star and Jana Sena Party president Pawan Kalyan, who openly declared his support to the Bharatiya Janata Party in the 2014 elections and shared dais with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has virtually declared a war on it.
While denial of special category status to Andhra Pradesh is one major reason which prompted Pawan to take up cudgels against the BJP, it appears he has decided to step up the attack on the saffron party after sensing that it might join hands with the YSR Congress party in 2019 elections to defeat the TDP.
So by fighting against the BJP and making strong comments against YSRC chief Jaganmohan Reddy, Pawan may be trying to indirectly help the TDP.
Pawan, who came to Visakhapatnam on Wednesday to express solidarity with the striking employees of the public sector Dredging Corporation of India (DCI) and console the family of its employee N Venkatesh who committed suicide, made a scathing attack on the BJP.
Stating that he would write a letter to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to stop privatisation of DCI, Pawan said it was his first wish to Modi after he had supported the BJP-TDP combine in 2014 elections.
“I was deeply hurt when I came to know about NDA Government’s decision on 100 per cent disinvestment of DCI and the suicide of Venkatesh, 28, due to fear of losing job,” he said and wondered why the local MPs, MLAs and Ministers were in deep slumber over such a serious issue.
He asked BJP MPs including Union Ministers from Andhra Pradesh to fight for ex-gratia to the family after the tragic incident.
“The downfall of BJP will begin from Visakhapatnam, if the Centre does not shelve its decision for strategic sale of DCI. If we keep quiet, even Visakhapatnam steel plant would be sold off very shortly,” he remarked.