The defeat in 2019 Assembly election has not robbed Janasena leader Pawan Kalyan of his crowd-pulling magic. It is now proven beyond doubt in Vizag, where he led a long march on Sunday to demand the resolution of the unprecedented sand crisis of Andhra Pradesh in two weeks.

His voice at the rally was equally robust as it used to be before the elections. He issued an ultimatum to chief minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy. Is he a proverbial man destroyed not defeated?

Dismissing this as inconsequential by targeting his personal life or calling him the agent of some other party would cut no ice.

This type of intemperate remarks only vindicates that the crowds of Janasena unsettle the ruling party.
In the era of politics of convenience, any party can join any other party; some parties form alliances while others conceal them.

It is also clear from the Vizag Long March that the movie star turned politician is not ready to lie low depressed following the total rout the Janasena faced in the election.
True, the defeat is so humiliating that the electorate rejected the man in the constituencies, Gajuwaka and Bhimavaram, he contested from.

One needs an iron will and unwavering optimism about the future to recover from the shocking electoral setback.

In fact, after 2014 defeat, these were the qualities that drove Jaganmohan Reddy to take on mighty Chandrababu Naidu, the then chief minister, who really wanted to finish the former’s YSRC by encouraging defections. In 2019 Chandrababu’s TDP bit dust and Jagan bounced back.

At a time when the opposition voice is weakest ever in Assembly, leaders like Pawan Kalyan with huge following help bridle the ‘winner-takes-all mentality’ of ruling parties, that commands a brute majority in the House.

Electoral politics in India is dangerously drifting towards the winner-takes-all system. The benefits of winning an election have become so large that political parties stoop to any low to clinch a victory and to ensure that there is no opposition in the House.

Political power gives ownership rights to the ruling party over state resources. The party in power can sell, lease out, mortgage, and donate the resources at will. The ruling party can also make, amend, scrap, violate, and ignore the statute.

Defections are encouraged in the House to weaken the democratic opposition while repressive measures unleashed outside the House to scuttle the rise of other democratic forces.

The winner-takes-all attitude of ruling parties undermines democracy. Unfortunately, this attitude has become an integral part of democracies across the world and India is no exception.

The chief ministers, who won the election with a huge majority, are more susceptible to develop winner-takes-all tendencies. The symptom is they don’t tolerate any dissent or protest by any mass organization just because either they are defeated in elections or they have no presence in the legislature.
Seen against this backdrop, Pawan Kalyan’s Vizag Long March is a welcome development.

Pawan Kalyan’s Janasena is better positioned than opposition Telugu Desam Party in opposing the anti-people and undemocratic decision of ruling YSR Congress.
There is ample scope for the revival of Janasena with an aggressive campaign to safeguard the interests of the people. Because the state is bound to witness an intense fight between the YSRC and TDP as Chief Minister Jaganmohan Reddy is hell-bent on taking revenge on Chandrababu for his pro-defection politics between 2104 and 2019.

The ruling YSRC has embarked on a mission of undoing many controversial programs initiated by the previous TDP government, and he won’t dilute his stand vis-à-vis Chandrababu Naidu. This will make the situation in AP conducive for Pawan, if he proves that he is not merely a kapu leader, to revive Janasena, and it will work as an effective democratic check on Jagan.

Jinka Nagaraju

Jinka Nagaraju is a Hyderabad based journalist. He covered the entire spectrum of political activities of Telugu states from Hyderabad and New Delhi for about 3 decades. He represented Vaartha in New Delhi during the most happening decade of 1996-2006. He was political correspondent of Times of India from Hyderabad for 10 years. He was editor of Asianet’s Telugu digital platform. He contributed to many digital media outlets such as Al Jazeera, News 18, Newsable, South Post, The Lede ,Down to Earth etc. He is known for his Anthropological approach in the news analysis. He studied Physical Anthropology and prehistoric archaeology with Human population genetics as specialization, and his area of interest is Political Anthropology and Media Anthropology.

One comment on "Can Pawan Kalyan sustain Vizag tempo till 2024?"

  • Sand versus construction labour versus Pawan Kalyan

    Pawan Kalyan dancing on the dais claims that he joined politics to save India. That means he wanted to save India from the clutches of BJP bad rule? He was a part of BJP in 2014 elections. A fellow who has no respect for women says that he wanted to save India. He talks of construction labourers, what about film industry daily earners, which is controlled by his wide family”? Sri Reddy made serious comments on film feternity, what did you do on that? You claimed your earnings are from films and not donations from TDP supremo!!!

    Many a times we have seen artists those depends upon daily wages protesting on providing employment – some are deploying outsiders. In the case of construction activity some builders have been hiring cheap labour from outside. Have you done something on that? To save water bodies, suggestions were made to use alternates for sand that includes rock sand. Have you done anything in this direction? Why you did not question the builders? Did you question Chandrababu on NGT fining Rs. 100 crores on sand issue? Why BJP, CPI, CPM, etc. did not join the movement on sand? That means, everybody wants exploit the situation to get political mileage on wrong footing and false propaganda using their print and electronic media.

    Delhi is facing severe pollution. To control pollution, Delhi government put restrictions on construction activity [declared holiday on buildings construction activity] including brick manufacturing. How many construction labourers or brick manufacturers committed suicides for non-availability of work in construction & related areas in Delhi? Declaration of holiday in construction activity in India is not unusual, due to several localised reasons. In all these cases construction labourers’ committed suicides!!! Due to drought, have the agriculture labourers’ committed suicides or migrated to other areas for earnings? In agriculture labourers’ family & construction labourers in urban areas where most of the construction activity taking place have other alternate employment by family members. So, they don’t commit suicide.

    In Hyderabad, you can go around the city and see construction labourers’ “addas” and in some areas filming labourers “addas”. Everyday all those who come to “addas” may not get work and go back to home. Paradox is family member work as domestic servants. Has anybody seen construction labour or agriculture labourers’ who did not get work committing suicides? Opposition party shows the list and ask for money – a cheap tactics. Politicians must stop such foolish acts.

    Andhra Jyothi daily news paper presented a “bullock cart” going in to Tungabhadra River in Kurnool and fetching sand. This shows how desperate the opposition is looking for ways and means to defame the ruling party and negate morale of party workers. How much percentage of construction activity grinded halt – 20% or 30% & all those labourers engage in construction activity are from AP?

    Political parties must stop such hypocrisy and help in solving the issue if any!!!

    Dr. S. Jeevananda Reddy

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