Maverick actor Prakash Raj said on January 18 that he would never join any political party as the parties were not honest.
Mr. Raj said he had decided to contest as an independent from the Bengaluru Central constituency as he “cannot stay in any party for more than three months”. At a press conference in Bengaluru he said “I want to be the voice of the people.”
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Prakash Raj recently announced his decision to contest in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The actor, who has been politically active ever since the murder of journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh, announced his foray into politics more than a fortnight ago.
When asked whether the anger with which he had taken a plunge into politics would help him, he said “There should be anger against dishonest people.”
“The BJP is a bunch of shameless people. They call themselves gau bhakts [cow devotess] but on an important festival of worshipping cow [Makar Sankranti], they camped in a resort in Delhi instead of being at home,” he said.
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Asked to comment on the Congress’s view that his contesting election from Bengaluru Central would weaken the secular forces, he said, “I welcome secular parties supporting me but if the Congress says that my contesting election as an independent will take away secular votes, then let them support me.”
Responding to another question, Mr. Raj said he was not averse to joining the ”Mahagathbandhan”, the alliance of anti-BJP parties. He decided to contest the election from Bengaluru Central because he grew up in the area where the electorate was secular in nature.
Mr. Raj earlier claimed that Bollywood filmmakers stopped offering him roles as he has been critical of the Narendra Modi government.