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Nitesh Kumar Sahoo

Hyderabad: Actor-turned-politician and Jana Sena Party president Pawan Kalyan announced his party's support to BJP on Friday, for the coming polls to the city civic body. Pawan Kalyan said, his party candidates who have already filed nomination for the December 1 polls would withdraw from the contest.

Younger brother of Telugu superstar Chiranjeevi, Kalyan announced the decision after Union Minister of state for Home G Kishan Reddy and BJP OBC Morcha's National President K Laxman held talks with him here.

The decision to pull out of the contest and support BJP was taken in the larger interests of Telangana and Hyderabad, a Jana Sena release quoted Kalyan as saying.

Observing that Hyderabad was a city of international character, he told reporters that the leadership in the city needs to have a broader outlook.

It can emerge as a global city under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi who has such a broader outlook, he said.

Kalyan's Jana Sena already has an understanding with the BJP in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh.

Laxman thanked Kalyan for acceding to their request with "a large-heartedness" to join forces with BJP in heralding a change in Hyderabad and to realise people's dreams.

The ruling TRS won the last elections to the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation held in 2016.

(With PTI Inputs)

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