Power Star Pawan Kalyan, who seemed to be very upset over Union Budget 2015, met Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu after the BJP failed to stand by its promise of giving special status to the state in its budget announced on 28 February.
It is well-known that actor Pawan Kalyan plunged into politics and launched his own political party Jana Sena in March 2014. Instead of contesting elections, he extended his support to the BJP and TDP in the last general elections and helped them to win a large number of seats in these areas.
The new union government formed by BJP had promised to give a special status to Andhra Pradesh after the bifurcation. However, some of parts of the state were severely affected by cyclone Hudhud, which has left them with a loss of ₹61,000 crore. Some other areas were hit by drought as well.
A week ahead of announcement of Union Budget 2015, Pawan Kalyan had cautioned the BJP-led government. On his Twitter page, the actor-turned-politician had written that the BJP has promised to give special status to the state and time has come to stand by its words to the people of the state.
On 23 February, Pawan Kalyan tweeted, "Last year the State Bifurcation Bill was passed in the parliament in a Haphazard manner by the Congress,the BJP also extended its support. And BJP also agreed to grant "Special Status" to the bifurcated State of A.P as it would be the affected region. (sic)"
Pawan Kalyan had hoped that the BJP would live up to the expectations of the people of the state, who have voted them in large number.
"Now the time has come to stand by that promise! I hope the BJP will not let down the aspirations of people who believed and supported them." he tweeted
But the government has failed to keep its promise. Hours after the announcement of Union Budget 2015, Chandrababu Naidu took to his Twitter page and expressed his disappointment over the budget. He Govt's grants are "totally insufficient". The NDA has failed to do justice to the state.
The CM of Andhra Pradesh tweeted, "The Budget has let down the people of AP. It is Centre's responsibility to provide us a level-playing field to address our needs. People of AP have reposed their faith in TDP-BJP alliance. They feel disappointed. I'll work hard until level-playing field is created."
However, Pawan Kalyan did not express anything about Union Budget 2015 on his Twitter page. He reportedly met Chandrababu Naidu on Sunday morning. It is not clear on the reason behind his meeting and the issues discussed during his 1.40-hour meeting. Reports suggest that the Jana Sena chief discussed the recent developments in the state especially regarding the land pooling process.