How YSRCP actions are helping burnish image of Pawan Kalyan and his Jana Sena

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BySouth First Desk

Published Nov 16, 2022 | 8:25 AMUpdatedApr 04, 2023 | 9:23 PM

Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan before his way to the Ippatam village in Andhra Pradesh on Saturday, 5 November, 2022. (Supplied)

A few leaders of the ruling YSRCP in Andhra Pradesh wonder whether the aggression shown by the government in Ippatam — where it sought use the police to stop Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan from visiting the village where people were protesting some demolitions — was really such a good idea.

They feel that such incidents are best avoided as it will only pump life into Kalyan’s faltering Jana Sena. Stopping his car from travelling to Ippatam gave the film star-politician the opportunity to march towards the village, making for some interesting optics.

With the Vizag incident, where he was stopped from holding a meeting, and now Ippatam, some ruling party leaders feel that Pawan Kalyan’s image is being unnecessarily enhanced among neutral voters.

Also, such incidents sync with the narrative being propagated by the Opposition TDP that the YSRCP is an intolerant party that indulges in the politics of vendetta.

The YSRCP leaders also worry that occurrences like Ippatam could hurt the party’s chances and give the impression to undecided voters that it governs an “anarchic state”.