For a few weeks before March 14 when he launched the Jana Sena Party, the buzz was particularly about Pawan Kalyan’s plans as to whether he would enter the electoral fray. In a freewheeling chat with The Hindu , the actor and founder-president of the party opens up.
“I will not contest in the 2014 elections because I know I need to build my army of ethically and morally-sound youth who are also socially-conscious. Only when I am confident of doing that will I think electorally and I can confidently say that 2019 will be my goal. Until then, I will be a crusader for social change,” declares the actor. Excerpts:
Was Jana Sena born out of frustration? Is the party here to stay? Do you have any specific plan to run the party
It is not frustration, but anger at the way people have been taken for granted by every successive government that appears to think of the common man only during the elections. And yes, Jana Sena is here to stay and that is why I am not rushing into the elections. By nature I am slow, so I will take my time. When I get the complete understanding that I am seeking and when I am confident that I have the army of youth I am striving to form, I will announce my future plans by the year-end. Till then, I will keep interacting with people, specially the youth, probably twice a week.