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Pawan asserts JSP is still with NDA

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PNS | Vijayawada

Jana Sena chief K Pawan Kalyan reiterated on Saturday that his party remains part of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and said that there is no need for him to disclose any further details about alliances with other political entities.

Addressing a press conference held at the party office on Friday, Pawan Kalyan clarified his earlier announcement regarding an alliance with the TDP, citing special circumstances as the reason for his prior statement. “In reality, I should have made the announcement about the alliance with the TDP in New Delhi.

However, due to the unavailability of key BJP leaders who were engaged in the G20 conference, I was unable to do so. Nevertheless, I want to reiterate that the Jana Sena Party (JSP) continues to be a member of the NDA,” he asserted.

He further said that while the JSP is part of an NDA alliance, it remains an independent political party. Pawan Kalyan made the decision to form an alliance with the TDP after a meeting with Chandrababu Naidu, who was in prison at the time, stating, “I am steadfast in my commitment to preventing the fragmentation of anti-YSRCP votes.”

Pawan Kalyan also disclosed that he had met with BJP’s national president, JP Nadda, and urged him to ensure the consolidation of anti-YSRCP votes in the upcoming election. He revealed that joint committees between the JSP and TDP were being established to oversee the alliance process, with the goal of reinvigorating the JSP-TDP-BJP coalition.

Regarding the dire financial state of Andhra Pradesh, Pawan Kalyan criticised the government’s inability to pay salaries, affecting both high-ranking officials and contract employees. He highlighted the monthly ritual of the state government appealing to Delhi for funds to meet payroll, reflecting the precarious financial condition of Andhra Pradesh.

Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, according to Pawan Kalyan, has not adequately addressed the State’s financial issues through press conferences. He urged YSRCP leaders to focus on the State’s progress rather than concerning themselves with the JSP’s alliances with other parties.

Furthermore, Pawan Kalyan called upon the Chief Minister to raise the Special Category Status issue during meetings with the Prime Minister and exert pressure on the Centre to establish coconut and cashew nut boards, similar to the establishment of the turmeric board in Telangana state.

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