Vijayawada: Minister for Information and Public Relations Perni Venkataramaiah (Nani) slammed Janasena Chief Pawan Kalyan for whipping up Hindu sentiments and targeting the state government during campaigning for Tirupati by-poll.

Addressing a press conference here on Sunday, the Minister said the actor-turned-politician has been trying to whip up Hindu sentiments and campaigning for BJP. He said he had earlier lambasted the saffron party for giving two 'rotten laddus' in the name of a special package to the State.

He said that Pawan is more like a rental mike, which would be in the hands of those who pay for it. He said that politicizing God was not a good thing and one that commits to such sin shall have to repay.

Perni Nani said Pawan had remained silent when his allies (TDP-BJP government) had demolished numerous temples in Vijayawada city. He said he is now targeting the government alleging the150 temples were destructed in the state.

The Minister said Pawan hosted the TDP and BJP sponsored event. He said there is no better actor than Pawan Kalyan who brilliantly acts in real life and in reel life.

"Though he asked people to question the YSRCP government on irregularities, the public in return questioned him over his vague political stand," he said.

Perni Nani said in 2014, the actor gave a slogan 'Congress hatao, desh ko bachav' and stood by Chandrababu Naidu and BJP. However, in 2019, he accused BJP of neglecting southern states and went to the polls, joining hands with Communist parties and Mayawati. But after facing a huge defeat, he joined hands with BJP, he added.

Countering the allegations on the YS Vivekananda Reddy murder case, Minister Perni Nani asked whether Pawan Kalyan knew that he was killed during the reign of his partner Chandrababu Naidu.

He said CBI is working directly under Home Minister Amit Shah.

The minister said that Pawan Kalyan has no commitment towards people or public service, and only comes out during elections to seek votes. He said that Pawan was never there for Kapu's and least bothered to stand up for them during hard times in the TDP regime.

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