Actor-turned-politician Pawan Kalyan expressed disappointment over the fact that only one Telugu person was conferred the Padma award by the Central govt. this year. He wished that the Centre should have honored more Telugu people.
Pawan especially took the names of two Telugu legends – SVR and Savithri, and questioned why they were not yet been honored despite their contribution to film industry. Addressing party cadres after unfurling the national flag at the Jana Sena party office on the occasion of Republic day, Pawan urged Telangana and Andhra Pradesh govts to demand the Centre to honor Savithri and SVR with Padma awards.
On the occasion, Pawan congratulated Telugu shuttler Kidambi Srikanth and legendary music composer of South cinema, Ilayaraja for bagging Padma awards.