Jana Sena promises political reservation to BCs in legislative bodies

Amaravati: Telugu film actor-turned-politician Pawan Kalyan’s Jana Sena party today released a 12-point ‘Vision Document’ promising, among other things, political reservation to the backward classes in the legislative bodies.

Kalyan released the document here, saying ensuring a livelihood with better standards to all would be the guiding motto of his party agenda.

While the main opposition YSR Congress has already released its 2019 election manifesto, the Jana Sena is the second political party to come out with its promises to people.

“Clean water to drink, clean air to breathe and healthy surroundings should be accessible to everyone. Jana Sena will strive to ensure this. Building a civil society with complete protection to women is Jana Senas strong resolve. Our manifesto will reflect this,” Kalyan said.

In the vision document, the Jana Sena promised 33 per cent political reservation for women, supply of LPG free of cost to all women, increasing reservation to the backward classes by 5 per cent, if feasible; reservations for Kapu community by incorporating the provision in the Ninth Schedule of Constitution and transfer of Rs 2500 to Rs 3500 a month directly into womens bank accounts instead of monthly ration supplies.

It also promised setting up of old-age homes by the government, scrapping of contributory pension scheme for government employees, a separate body for welfare of economically-backward families among the upper castes and residential hostels for EBC students.

Formed just a couple of months ahead of the 2014 elections, the Jana Sena did not enter the electoral fray but supported the TDP-BJP combine then.

Last year, however, Kalyan fell out with the TDP and the BJP and announced that his party would contest all the 175 assembly seats in Andhra Pradesh in 2019.

Kalyan said the Jana Sena would ally with the Left parties and work to capture power in the State.

The actor has been extensively touring the State, beginning from Srikakulam in north coastal Andhra, for over four months and looks set to become a major challenger to the ruling Telugu Desam Party.