Stating that political parties are doing injustice to Dalits, film critic Kathi Mahesh has announced that he will be contesting from Chittoor Parliamentary Constituency. Though he has not confirmed any news about joining a party, he said he is in talks with a major party in the state.
Given that he has been a vocal critic of Chandrababu Naidu and Pawan Kalyan, it is indicative that he might choose to go with YSRCP. This will also benefit the YSRCP as they will have the backing of the Dalit community in vote-share.
On the other hand, Kathi said that a new generation of leaders should be nurtured from the Dalit community as the existing leaders do not enjoy popularity or credibility among people. He added that several activists from the community who fought for their rights are ready to serve the community. He said that they are also planning to have a forum for Dalits.