Pawan Kalyan to Join NaMo Brigade to Checkmate Jagan? - The New Indian Express

Pawan Kalyan to Join NaMo Brigade to Checkmate Jagan?

Published: 06th March 2014 08:32 AM

Last Updated: 06th March 2014 09:39 AM

Will actor Pawan Kalyan join the BJP? Indications suggest he might. It is learnt that he is in touch with the BJP State leadership to contest on the party ticket from the Kakinada Lok Sabha constituency. According to sources, the TDP too has offered him its ticket for the same constituency. However, Pawan is said to be showing more interest in the saffron party as he seems to have been impressed with BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.

Reliable sources told Express that TDP’s Rajya Sabha member CM Ramesh had held preliminary talks with the star and suggested the he contest on behalf of the yellow party. “Pawan believes there is rampant corruption in the State. He is against YSRC chief Jagan Mohan Reddy coming to power. Hence, he is contemplating whether to lend a helping hand to the TDP-BJP combine and checkmate the YSRC. At the same time, TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu wants Pawan’s help to woo Kapus, an influential section in Seemandhra,” said a source.

However, a close aide of Union Minister and Pawan’s brother Chiranjeevi told Express on condition of anonymity that the Gabbar Singh star is unpredictable. “Pawan Kalyan is very difficult to understand. We can’t say anything about his political decisions until he himself discloses his mind,” he said. Earlier on Wednesday, the actor’s managers sent an SMS, stating that “as of now, Pawan is not interested in addressing any media conference or issuing any statement.”

Speculation was rife sometime ago that Pawan would campaign for the TDP. As that subsided came his phone call to Ramachandrapuram MLA Thota Trimurthulu on Tuesday — the same day his supporters contacted Pithapuram legislator Vanga Geeta, once again fuelling speculation of his political arangetram.

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