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Wait…Where is Jana Sena’s Pawan Kalyan?

Well, the headline isn't rhetoric. In fact, as someone who made a big splash in the 2019 elections in Andhra Pradesh and earlier in 2014 polls supported the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), Pawan Kalyan is a name to reckon with. 
 
But, of late, there has hardly been any news or activity in Jana Sena. As a leader who began his journey based on ‘humanism’ as his ideology and guiding Jana Sena to evolve into a Left-leaning party, Pawan Kalyan is now tilting his party’s hopes towards the right-wing — the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). 
 
After an informal announcement on and off in the media, Jana Sena is now clear that it will be supporting BJP in Andhra Pradesh while its presence in Telangana is still negligible. 
 
However, one thing that Pawan Kalyan needs to remember is that politics is a full-time profession. As much as it gives you the power to reach out to people, you also need to be in touch with the ground reality around you. But, for Pawan Kalyan, who mostly tweets his opinions and voices most of his thoughts via social media, politics still seems like a side hustle. 
 
While his cult-like image that any politician would die for, he needs to learn to leverage his popularity and translate them into votes in future. But, his on and off disappearance and reappearance in the media still makes it unclear for any political analysts or psephologists to understand what he is trying to do in Andhra Pradesh.
 
Another thorn in his crown could be his instability on issues and opinions. His earlier announcement that he would not be acting in films anymore also fell through when he announced the making of ‘Vakeel Saab’ which is a remake of Hindi Film ‘Pink.’ 
 
As someone who is known to be impulsive and not balanced in his approach, this trait is something he needs to get rid of if he continues in politics. Otherwise, it could not only put his political pursuit in jeopardy but also damage the party’s future in the state. 
 
As a faux cult-leader who had the power to swing votes in favour of the TDP in 2014 elections and make it through to win the election and make N. Chandrababu Naidu the Chief Minister, Pawan did have a key role. And, in the 2019 elections, despite Jana Sena winning a single seat, it turned out to be a formidable force to look up to. 
 
Alas! If not now, then Pawan Kalyan needs to pivot and look inward on whether politics will be his serious gig for him. And, if he wants to take a deep dive into the political world, then he needs a shake-up and careful analysis of where his party stands and strategies well as there is enough time and ground to cover before the next election in the state. 
 
Well, time waits for none. Let us hope that Pawan Kalyan will pull up his socks and realise where he wants to put his foot into. If politics is something he chooses in the long run, then let us hope that he will use his potential to use humanism as his ideology and serve people as another strong contender in the state. 

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