Pawan Meeting Modi Surprised Me: Chiru - The New Indian Express

Pawan Meeting Modi Surprised Me: Chiru

Published: 23rd March 2014 09:02 AM

Last Updated: 23rd March 2014 09:45 AM

For the first time after actor Pawan Kalyan floated Jana Sena Party, his elder brother and APCC Campaign Committee chairman K Chiranjeevi on Saturday fired salvos at him for meeting BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. The Union minister felt that the Pawan should not have met Modi, who is facing allegations of involvement in the post-Godhra massacre.

Addressing the ‘Meet the Press’ programme organised by Vizag Journalist Forum at Visakhapatnam on Saturday, Chiranjeevi said he might have accepted if his brother met Modi after seeking an explanation from him on the issue. “I believe my brother is secular but his meeting with a key leader of communal BJP was completely surprising to me. I doubt whether Pawan has knowledge of the allegations Modi is facing,” said the actor-turned-politician.

Meanwhile, he pointed out that while BJP president Rajnath Singh and other senior leaders called on Muslims, Modi had neither given an explanation nor apologised.

Chiranjeevi’s verbal attack on his younger brother comes at a time when there are indications that the BJP and Jana Sena Party are forming a poll alliance in Andhra Pradesh. Interestingly, Chiranjeevi refuted allegations that his brother floated the party in view of differences in the family and because he merged his Praja Rajyam Party (PRP) with the Congress.

“There are no differences in the family. We are all happy and united. My brother was only involved in campaigning for the party and did not seek any posts,” Chiranjeevi explained. APCC president N Raghuveera Reddy too found fault with Pawan and said that the actor does not differentiate between region, religion, caste and creed but joined hands with Modi.

Both Chiranjeevi and Raghuveera Reddy admitted that the Congress was facing tough times after bifurcation but were confident that all issues would be sorted out. “We are ready to face people’s verdict. The Congress has seen a lot of turbulence and this is not the end of the road,” Raghuveera Reddy said.

The Congress leaders aimed their ammos at leaders who abandoned the party for selfish motives. They alleged that former chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy was misleading people on bifurcation.

Union Ministers Panabaka Lakshmi, Killi Kruparani and JD Seelam, former-state ministers P Balaraju, K Murali, Anam Ramanarayana Reddy, C Ramachandraiah and RS MP T Subbarami Reddy were present.

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