Can Pawan Kalyan’s support help BJP win GHMC polls?


Hyderabad: Call it a ‘shot-in-the-arm’ or by any other name or phrase, the decision of Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan’s decision to withdraw from the contest of GHMC  polls brought some cheers to saffron brigade , BJP. The poll battle for GHMC is likely to generate some interest among electorate.

Riding high on Dubbak victory, the BJP chief Bandi Sanjay, in a bid to lure the electorate has promised all those households which were damaged in the recent flash floods in city with an enhanced Rs 25,000 each as against the ruling TRS government’s Rs 10,000.  That apart, he had also promised to electorate of Greater Hyderabad that he would also ensure help from the Centre to compensate if a family got their two or four-wheeler got damaged or even a new house, if its damaged beyond repair, if his party voted to power.

But, whether these promises can be taken on face value or not, is debatable.  Yet, it election time and such sops bound to flow during elections from contesting political parties in a bid to hoodwink

After negotiations with BJP top leaders, the Janasena has decided not to contest in the ensuing Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) elections on Friday.  The Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan said it has extended full support to BJP and appealed its candidates to withdraw their nominations.

After the GHMC election was notified, Pawan announced that his party would contest in GHMC elections. On Thursday, the party announced that BJP state president Bandi Sanjay would meet Pawan to decide on an alliance. However, Bandi Sanjay said that there was no proposal for an alliance.

On Friday, a BJP delegation led by Union Minister of State for Home Affair G Kishan Reddy called on Pawan Kalyan at Janasena political affairs committee chairman Nadhendla Manohar’s residence.

Speaking on occasion, Pawan Kalyan said, “Dubbaka and Bihar results have shown how strong the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is. Our Janasainiks are enthusiastic to contest in GHMC elections. But there was a gap between our Karyakartas and BJP due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Keeping that in mind we have decided to extend full support to the BJP.”

Intestingly, the power star critics dub him as a part-time politician, who only come before people before polls.  They also accuse him by doing so his intentions are clear.  He want to make ‘quick buck’ as some of his gullible fans for party ticket even willing to pay a price.

Meanwhile, Vijaya Shanthi, who joined BJP, is set to campaign for BJP nominees in the GHMC polls.