Hyderabad: Now that former Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy has almost dropped the idea of floating a new political party, Tollywood actor Pavan Kalyan is planning to step into the breach and launch a new party. In a statement on Sunday, the actor said that he would make an announcement in the second week of this month.
Pavan Kalyan, also known as the ‘Power Star’, is discussing his plans with close friends and like minded people. According to sources, he is all set to send a team to Delhi to register a new party with the Election Commission of India. The application may be filed on Monday. The actor wants to contest for the Lok Sabha from the Anakapalle or Visakhapatnam constituency.
According to sources, the actor told his friends that whether anyone joins his party or not, he will contest the Lok Sabha elections. Pavan Kalyan had opposed the merger of the Praja Rajyam, launched by his brother and Union minister K. Chiranjeevi, with the Congress. It was reported that the actor was not on talking terms with his brother after the merger. As recently as three days ago, Pavan Kalyan avoided meeting Mr Chiranjeevi during a film function to launch their brother Nagababu’s son Varun Tej. However, in his statement, the actor made it clear that he had no differences with Mr Chiranjeevi.
Pavan Kalyan is said to be bitterly opposed to the Congress. He planned to launch the party after the state bifurcation issue came to the fore. There were also reports, vigorously denied by both sides, that he was planning to join the Telugu Desam. Sources said that Pavan Kalyan wanted to start a new party but stepped back following reports that Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy was planning to launch his own outfit. After confirming that the former CM had dropped the idea, the actor revived his plans.
If Pavan Kalyan does launch a new party, it will be a fight between the Power Star and the Mega Star, as Mr Chiranjeevi is called. Both brothers have a large following in the Seemandhra region. In the 2009 elections, Chiranjeevi’s brother-in-law Allu Aravind contested from the Anakapalle constituency and was defeated by Congress candidate Sabbam Hari.