Actor Pawan Kalyan is likely to use his popularity to woo voters in Karnataka again. Yes, the Telugu star, who had supported the Bharatiya Janata Party in the last Lok Sabha elections through his Jana Sena, is now getting ready to join hands with the Janata Dal (Secular).
Film producer and JD(S) MLC CR Manohar, who is said to be a close friend of Pawan Kalyan, approached him recently to seek his support for the party. Speaking to the Times of India, the politician said that the Telugu star has shown interest in collaborating with them and that HD Kumarasamy, the state president of the party, has already discussed the issue over the phone.
Kumarasamy will be soon meeting Pawan Kalyan to discuss their plans.
Telugu stars trying to influence voters in Karnataka is not a new trend. Earlier, mega star Chiranjeevi had campaigned for the Congress in Kolar and other Telugu-speaking regions. During the last Lok Sabha elections, Pawan Kalyan, who belongs to the Balija community, had sought votes for Narendra Modi and had slammed the Congress party.
The population of Telugu voters is high in places like Bidar, Ballari, Kolar and Chikkaballapura, and the JD(S) does not have a strong hold here. Now, it is trying to strengthen the party in the border areas, and is keen to bring on board Pawan Kalyan, who enjoys a good fan following here.
CR Manohar has also revealed that he is also getting ready to produce Pawan Kalyan's next film.
Meanwhile, the actor has a few projects in his kitty and is likely to begin a film with Dolly next week. His previous film, "Sardaar Gabbar Singh," had bombed at the box office earlier this year.