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Was JD’s entry into JSP a strategic move?

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The entry of retired IPS officer and former joint director of Central Bureau of Investigation V V Lakshminarayana into Jana Sena Party headed by actor Pawan Kalyan on Sunday, at a time when there was a talk that he would actually join the Telugu Desam Party, came as a surprise to many.

The general impression one would get from the development is that Lakshminarayana had to join the Jana Sena Party after he did not get any assurance for the party ticket from TDP president and chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu.

There were reports that Naidu is likely to field Lakshminarayana from Bhimili assembly constituency and shift his son Nara Lokesh to Visakhapatnam (north). Ganta Srinivasa Rao, who is representing Bhimili at present, will be fielded from Visakhapatnam Lok Sabha constituency.

But after Naidu announced the candidates’ list, Lakshminarayana has apparently realized that he is not going to get the TDP ticket. Since he is very serious about contesting the elections, he had no other choice but to join the Jana Sena in the presence of Pawan Kalyan.

However, there is a talk in the political circles that JD’s entry into the Jana Sena Party is just a strategic move. Apparently, Naidu realized that there would be more damage than benefit to the TDP if Lakshminaryana joins the party and contests elections.

The YSR Congress party already started negative propaganda that Lakshminarayana had already been in nexus with Naidu in foisting cases against YSR Congress party president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy in 2012 and sending him to jail.

The recent letter released by Naidu, purported to have been written by former Enforcement Director Karnal Singh to former CBI director Alok Varma in May 2017 exposing a quid pro quo deal involving Jagan was also attributed to Naidu-JD nexus.

In a bid to avoid this controversy, Naidu did not give him the party ticket. However, he reportedly showed an alternative route to JD for his political entry – that is Jana Sena Party.

According to an unwritten agreement, JD will contest on JSP ticket in the LS polls and the TDP will support him indirectly.

If JD wins, he can come back into the TDP fold later. So, it is a strategic move.

If Lakshminarayana is very sincere about his politics, he has to go hammer and tongs at Naidu and TDP during the elections. If he doesn’t make any criticism of Naidu, it clearly establishes that JD and Naidu are hand in glove!

Pawan Contest From?

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Suspense continues over the assembly constituency from which Jana Sena Party president and power star Pawan Kalyan would contest in the April 11 assembly elections.

Pawan has so far released two lists of contestants for assembly elections, comprising 32 candidates each.

The second list was released after midnight on Sunday. His name has not figured in any of the two lists.

Besides these 64 seats, Pawan has allotted 21 assembly seats for Bahujan Samaj Party and seven seats each for CPI and CPI (M).

On Monday morning, he announced the name of another candidate for Penamaluru assembly seat.

With this, Pawan has announced the contestants for 100 seats. He is still left with 75 seats, for which he is looking for suitable candidates.

May be, he is looking for defections of seniors from other parties, who cannot get the party tickets in their respective parties.

Yet, there is no clarity on the constituency from where Pawan would enter the fray. Normally, presidents of various parties firm up their constituencies well in advance and their names figure in the first list itself.

But it appears so far, Pawan has not made up his mind from where he is going to contest. This has given rise to suspicion as to whether he will contest the elections at all.

May be he is apprehensive that his image will go to the rock-bottom and his party will collapse, if he cannot win his own seat. That is why he may be hesitant to announce his candidature.

Pawan Forms Strange Combination

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Jana Sena Party president and actor Pawan Kalyan is fighting the elections in Andhra Pradesh with strange political combinations.

At a time when he is holding negotiations with the Communist parties, he went all the way to Lucknow to forge an alliance with the Bahujan Samaj Party.

Pawan met BSP president Mayawati and discussed the seat sharing. Both of them announced that they had finalised the seat sharing.

It is not yet clear as to how many seats Pawan would be sharing with Mayawati and the Left parties, but it is pretty evident that he is not able to find good number of candidates to fight the elections in Andhra Pradesh. The BSP has little presence in Andhra Pradesh.

Interestingly, even Telugu Desam Party president N Chandrababu Naidu has been trying to rope the BSP into the anti-Bharatiya Janata Party front.

Though Mayawati is not ready to work under the Congress leadership, one cannot rule out the BSP joining the Congress alliance in the post-poll scenario, in case the Congress gets majority seats among the coalition partners.

So, it would be interesting to see what Pawan Kalyan would do in the post-poll developments.

Already, there has been a suspicion that Pawan has a tacit understanding with the Telugu Desam Party.

At his public rally in Rajahmundry on March 14, Pawan focussed his attack on more YSR Congress party president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy and Telangana Rashtra Samithi president K Chandrasekhar Rao, than the TDP president.

Naturally, the TRS is suspecting that there is a discreet understanding between Pawan Kalyan and Naidu.

TRS MP from Nizamabad and chief minister K Chandrasekhar Raos’ daughter Kalvakuntla Kavitha said the real issue would be whether Pawan Kalyan fights alone in Andhra Pradesh or joins hands with Chandrababu Naidu.

“He will have to give explanation on that,” she said.

She described the Jana Sena-BSP alliance as a political stunt.

“The alliance seems like it was formed at the last minute aimed at the elections. I haven’t seen Pawan Kalyan talk about any Dalit issues. I think it is a political stunt,” she said.

Prabhas Moves out of Saaho in May

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Prabhas has been working for “Saaho” for the last two years but still the film’s work has not yet been completed.

The film that is being made in four languages with whopping Rs 300 Cr budget requires lot of time for post-production, promotional activities and traveling to many cities.

Considering all these factors, he reportedly told director Sujith to finish the film in the first week of May itself. “Saaho” is scheduled for August 15th release.

If the film is completed in May, they will have sufficient time for post-production and publicity. Hence, Prabhas has put final deadline to Sujith, his team and the producers.

Prabhas will have to move to his other film, a period love story being directed by Radhakrishna Kumar.

After working for a month or so for this love story, he will again focus on promotional events of “Saaho”.

Nara Lokesh Digs His Own Political Grave

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The YSRCP leaders are very happy that Andhra Pradesh Minister Nara Lokesh is contesting from Mangalagiri constituency.

“Contesting from the Mangalagiri constituency it is clear that Mr Lokesh have dug his own political grave,” said a senior YSRCP leader.

Though the sitting MLA Alla Ramakrishna Reddy had won the assembly elections in 2014 with just 12 votes, he has irritated the government by filing cases against various issues.

On the other hand he knew that he just won the elections with 12 votes and started expanding his popularity in the constituency in the region.

Now Ramakrishna Reddy is confident of winning the election against Minister Nara Lokesh.

“Though the TDP might think that the BC vote bank will help them, but they should remember that the same BC voters have rejected them in the constituency last time.

Even this will be repeated and same kind of defeat will be observed for Nara Lokesh too.

Ramakrishna Reddy has been with the public of Mangalagiri all these years and the people will definitely bless him,” said another leader from Guntur district.

Prabhas Gets Trolled for Copying Tom Cruise’s Look

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A brand new poster from “Saaho” is being exhibited in Mumbai. Or social media makes us believe.

Although the poster is not released by the team to the media or on social media, the poster has been kept in Mumbai multiplexes as the next attraction, says a social media post.

The team is aggressively promoting “Saaho” in all major metros from now onwards itself.

This poster is the reason for Prabhas getting trolled on social media. The poster looks exact carbon copy of Tom Cruise’s 2013 film “Oblivion”.

Same gun, same building in the backdrop and the posture is exactly same. It is not clear whether this poster is official material or fan made.

This is not the first time that “Saaho” posters getting trolled. The film’s first look was also heavily criticised as they looked similar to Hollywood movie “Blade Runner 2049.”

When the team wants to release the film globally in big way, shouldn’t “Saaho” get original ideas for promotional material?

Alia Bhatt Getting What She Demanded in RRR

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Alia Bhatt has signed on to play the female lead opposite Ram Charan in Rajamouli’s mega epic period drama which chronicles the early days of freedom fighters Alluri Seetharama Raju and Komaram Bheem.

She was Rajamouli’s first choice but she came on board only recently after producer Danayya and director Rajamouli have agreed to pay what she demanded.

Alia Bhatta reportedly demanded more remuneration than what she gets for a Bollywood movie.

Rajamouli and Danayya have agreed after considering the fact that her presence would help for the movie’s North India market.

“Today I feel truly truly grateful.. Cannot wait to begin this beautiful journey with this stellar cast and massive team.. thank you @ssrajamouli sir for giving me this opportunity to be directed by you,” she thanked Rajamouli on Twitter.

This is the first time in Tollywood that an actress is receiving such huge pay check.