Nowadays, elections have become an expensive proposition and every political party needs massive funds not only for its campaign but also to buy voters. So they are doing all they can to raise funds from various sources ahead of the election.
This is happening all over the country and in a state like Andhra Pradesh witnessing a battle of stakes, the elections are the most expensive compared to any other state in South India.
Established players like the YSR Congress Party and the Telugu Desam Party have already made all necessary arrangements to mobilize party funds from various sources including entrepreneurs and large corporations. Moreover, they have the support of strong and cash-rich communities.
But the Jana Sena Party launched by Tollywood star Pawan Kalyan, which is aiming for a good number of seats, if not enough to come to power in Andhra Pradesh, funding has become a big problem.
Although Pawan receives a huge remuneration for his films, he obviously does not spend it on the party and the elections. Moreover, compared to the magnitude of the expenses during the elections, the money coming from film remuneration is not even enough to win four or five seats.
Thus, Pawan has to depend on raising funds from various sources including businessmen, industrialists and even non-resident Indians staying abroad.
According to sources, the head of Jana Sena left for the United States a few days ago for a fundraising mission. He is currently believed to be in Texas holding secret meetings with the NRIs to raise money for party funds.
His trip and meetings with NRI associations have remained completely confidential. It is not immediately clear who has attended his meetings and how much money he has raised so far.
Pawan also has the support of his Kapu community, but they are not as financially strong as Jagan and Naidu’s. So it must also depend on their communities. While he may not get support from the Reddy community for obvious reasons, he could get considerable support from Kammas.
However, the power star has the chance to raise more money for the elections, if he joins forces with the TDP to form an alliance. Even NRIs belonging to the Kamma community can come forward to fund Pawan candidates.
It all depends on how the alliance works and how many seats Jana Sena would accept under the alliance.