At their first meeting, TDP-Jana Sena agree to prepare joint manifesto for Andhra Assembly polls

TDP and Jana Sena leaders Nara Lokesh and Pawan Kalyan said they would ensure political stability once they come to power in the state.

ByRaj Rayasam

Published Oct 23, 2023 | 10:55 PM Updated Oct 23, 2023 | 10:55 PM

TDP Jana Sena JAC

With Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy preparing for the Assembly elections with his back-to-back programmes, the TDP and Jana Sena appear to have decided to match the YSRCP’s speed in reaching out to the people in Andhra Pradesh.

At the maiden meeting of the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of the TDP and Jana Sena at Rajamahendravaram on Monday, 23 October, it was decided that both the parties would come out with a joint election manifesto to capture the imagination of the people ahead of the Assembly elections next year.

Leaders of the TDP and Jana Sena — Nara Lokesh and actor-politician Pawan Kalyan — decided to ensure political stability in the state once they came to power. The JAC exuded confidence in this regard.

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Three resolutions

The JAC adopted three resolutions. They were: Condemning the arrest of TDP chief Nara Chandrababu Naidu, to work towards protecting the people from the tyranny of the YSRCP government, and finally to work together to put the state back on the rails to development.

Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan, describing the meeting as historic, said that he, while continuing in the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA), would have a tie-up with the TDP and work to free the state from the clutches of the YSRCP.

“I had said I would not let the anti-YSRCP vote split. It is necessary that the YSRCP is thrown out in the next elections if the harassment of the Opposition leaders has to come to an end,” said Pawan Kalyan.

He also accused the state government of preventing Naidu from getting bail on technical grounds.

“Those who are involved in grievous crimes are getting bail, but Naidu, who is not guilty of any crime, could not get bail,” he said.

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Resolving differences

The two parties also decided to ensure that any minor irritants that prevent the them from working in coordination would be removed forthwith. Pawan Kalyan was emphatic that this issue would addressed by initiating a dialogue.

“We will not allow any friction. We will not fight among ourselves,” he said.

The Jana Sena chief said that both the parties would continue to fight until the people would see the last of the incumbent government, which has come to be identified with rank corruption and lawlessness.

“The finer details of the issues to be taken up would decided in the next meetings of the Joint Action Committee,” said Pawan Kalyan.

The two parties decided that the next meetings of the JAC would be held in north Andhra and Rayalaseema.

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Condemning Naidu’s arrest

The actor-politician said that the people desperately needed security, welfare and development, and the two parties would focus their attention on these issues. The two parties, as expected, condemned the arrest of TDP supremo N Chandrababu Naidu.

Lokesh, who is general secretary of the TDP, said that JAC, in principle, had decided to take up protest programmes all over the state to expose the YSRCP government and its vindictive politics.

He said that after the release of the joint manifesto on 1 November, the leaders of the two parties would visit every household and explain the repressive policies of the YSRC government.

He said that under the YSRCP dispensation, the Backward Classes (BCs) were being persecuted. As many as 26 programmes launched for their benefit have been wound up.

Asserting that the YSRCP government had failed on all fronts, Lokesh said that industrial development had taken a back seat while irrigation projects remained a non-starter in the state. The youth were moving to other states in search of livelihood as there are no avenues of employment, he contended.