Pawan, whose party is believed to be getting closer to N Chandrababu Naidu’s TDP, told reporters after meeting with the PM that he conveyed to him “whatever” needed to be said in such a situation. The JSP president wouldn’t elaborate on the discussion, saying he would like to keep that for later.
“I met the PM, and he asked about the Telugu people and their welfare. He wished everything good for the Telugu people,” he said. BJP MP GVL Narasimha Rao underplayed what transpired at the meeting, saying it holds no political significance. “The PM invited the Jana Sena chief as the two parties are allies. The PM’s visit is only meant to focus on development, as per my knowledge,” he said.
Sources said Pawan complained to PM Narendra Modi about the state government allegedly “misusing” the police and “targeting” opposition leaders.
Pawan had prepared a five-page note for his meeting with the PM, the first between the two since they met ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, sources said.
Pawan’s meeting with Modi comes at a time when both JSP and TDP are looking forward to renewing their alliance with BJP.
With inputs from Koride Mahesh in Hyderabad