Former IAS officer Thota Chandrasekhar has been appointed general secretary of the Jana Sena. Party president Pawan Kalyan appointed Chandrasekhar in the post and expressed confidence that the former IAS officer would be a source of strength to the party.
Chandrasekhar, a 1987 Maharastra cadre IAS officer took voluntary retirement and joined active politics in 2009. He contested unsuccessfully from Guntur Lok Sabha constituency on Praja Rajyam Party ticket. He then switched over to the YSR Congress and contested the 2014 elections from Eluru Lok Sabha constituency. He lost the election to the TDP’s Maganti Venkateswara Rao.
When Pawan Kalyan started Jana Sena party, Chandrasekhar joined the party and had been active in the party since then. He played key role in organising the Joint Fact Finding Committee (JFF) headed by Pawan Kalyan to study the bifurcation issues. He was instrumental in bringing intellectuals to the JFF meeting, which had published a statement on the funds due to the State from the Central government under various heads after bifurcation.
Despite several senior leaders joining the party and playing key role in the party affairs, Chandrasekhar did not show any sign of disappointment. Even when Pawan Kalyan shared the dais with others keeping Chandrasekhar aside, he took it easy and remained a disciplined soldier.
With 20 years of experience in administration and wide knowledge, Chandrasekhar is seen as an asset by the Jana Sena chief. In fact, Pawan Kalyan had made an appeal to the party rank and file to work for the victory of Chandrasekhar from Guntur Lok Sabha constituency in the next elections. This is the confidence and commitment that the Jana Sena chief had towards Chandrasekhar in building the party ahead of elections.