Chiranjeevi's brother announces new political party

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Pawan Kalyan, brother of minister of state for tourism K Chiranjeevi, today announced a new political party- Jana Sena Party. He announced the launch of the party from a city hotel and the proceedings were screened in multiple locations, covering Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

In his address, he said he was part of the Praja Rajyam Party, that his brother had founded five years ago. The party was later merged with Congress. He said he did not like to float a party that would challenge his brother.

However, the political development at the national and the state level have made him ponder to get into active politics. He drew inspiration from Bhagat Singh, he said.

He was not power hungry and if he had wanted to be an MP or an MLA, he could have achieved with this brother’s party then, said Kalyan.

The cinema hero, who made a comeback to politics, said no political leader spoke about people’s problems in the last five years. Country and society came first for him, he said adding that he has not discussed the plans of floating a new party even with his family.

In his address, which was punctuated with filmy-style dialogues, Kalyan spoke of equal status to women and bettering education facilities, particularly in the villages.

Kalyan said he did not like way Andhra Pradesh was bifurcated. He was not against Telangana but at the same time he would not accept if the self respect of Seema Andhra regions was hurt, he said.

Only a few days ago, Andhra Pradesh former chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy announced his party- Jai Samaikhyaandhra Party. He too had launched a verbal attack on Congress and held it responsible for bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh.

The Congress has got into a damage control exercise by announcing two Congress Committee presidents, one each for Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. The effort seems to say that Telangana was possible only with Congress and at the same time the interests of Andhra Pradesh were not affected.

BJP, on the other hand, too is voicing its role in Telangana formation and also ensuring special package to Andhra Pradesh. TRS, which spearheaded the movement for the separate state, has been saying that it played a key role in formation of the 29th state. TDP, which has been out of power for two terms, is saying that it had developed Hyderabad, now part of Telangana, and had a blueprint to develop Andhra Pradesh.

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