Actor Prakash Raj announces his political foray

Known for his upfront opinions and trenchant criticism of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, popular film actor Prakash Raj today announced his desire to be a Member of Parliament. 

Sharing this on Twitter, the 53-year-old actor said: “Happy New Year Everyone..a new beginning..more responsibility..with your support, I will be contesting the coming Parliament elections as an Independent Candidate. Details of the constituency soon.” 

In conclusion of his tweet, Prakash Raj added “Ab ki Baar Janatha ki Sarkar,” taking at dig at Prime Minister Modi. It is believed that he may choose his home state, Karnataka, to contest elections.  

At several instances, Raj has voiced out his opinion on the rising intolerance and religious discrimination in the country. In several tweets, he addresses the Prime Minister as “the supreme leader” and questions him. 

For instance, commenting on the recent RBI Chief’s resignation, he tweeted: “RBI Chief resigns..CBI Chief is sent on leave…four Supreme Court judges said all is not well…how long will, we the citizens, be silent spectators to this destructive governance? #JustAsking.”

At a media conclave, he said that he is “Anti-Modi, Anti-Amit Shah and added that “they are not Hindus.” The National Award-winning actor is also one of those who criticised the Modi government severely after the assassination of journalist Gauri Lankesh in September 2017.

It is interesting that Prakash Raj joins a slew of actors such as Kamal Haasan, Rajanikanth, Vishal, Divya Spandana, Chiranjeevi, Pawan Kalyan and veterans like Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao, MGR, Jayalalitha, Karunanidhi, etc who have taken the route to politics. 

His announcement into politics has been received positively by several netizens who have welcomed his decision.Within an hour of putting out his tweet, the actor received over 1000 likes along with numerous congratulatory messages. Let us hope that he works towards the issues be believes in and emerges as a new-age politician. 


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