Hyderabad: Union Minister of Tourism K Chiranjeevi has defended his actor brother Pawan Kalyan’s outburst against the Congress, but reaffirmed that his loyalties lie with the Congress party.
Pawan Kalyan formally launched his party, the Jana Sena Party, at a function on Friday, condemning in high rhetoric on the Congress high command’s decision to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh. He is angry with his elder brother Chiranjeevi for merging Praja Rajyam with the Congress some time ago, stating categorically that this decision had forced him to stand against his brother.
Chiranjeevi made light of Pawan Kalyan’s ‘Congress hatao, dish bachao” speech. “Pawan is a very sensitive person. He got emotional at his party launch yesterday.”
While defending Pawan Kalyan’s criticism of the Congress, he said the party cannot be blamed for bifurcating Andhra Pradesh. “All parties are responsible for this split. Congress was only the last party to take the decision,” Chiranjeevi said.
Chiranjeevi said he has not discussed politics with his brother. “Every citizen of India has the right to float his own party,” the actor-politician said.
He added the Congress is rooted in history that spans 127 years. “It has survived criticism. No one can finish that party.”