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Prakash Raj to contest 2019 elections as an independent candidate
A controversial actor, Prakash Raj on Tuesday announced that he will contest 2019 Lok Sabha elections as an independent candidate. Prakash Raj, who is popularly known for his character in ‘Singham’ and ‘Wanted’, took to the microblogging site Twitter to make an announcement of his political journey.
Check out Prakash Raj’s Tweet here:
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE..a new beginning .. more responsibility.. with UR support I will be contesting in the coming parliament elections as an INDEPENDENT CANDIDATE. Details of the constituency soon. Ab ki baar Janatha ki SARKAR #citizensvoice #justasking in parliament too..
— Prakash Raj (@prakashraaj) December 31, 2018
The actor was heavily criticised for speaking up against the ruling party. Once, he held Prime Minister Narendra Modi responsible for not getting work in the film industry. He has recently started a campaign #JustAsking in Karnataka and said that his increasing political activity was sparked by the murder of a close friend and journalist Gauri Lankesh, who was murdered outside her residence in Bengaluru on September 5, 2017.
Raj has raised his opinion on multiple occasions related to intolerance and vigilante attacks, and his Twitter account is proof. Check it out here:
— Prakash Raj (@prakashraaj) December 17, 2018
It is to be noted that Raj was present during a meeting of Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekhar Rao (KCR), former prime minister HD Deve Gowda and HD Kumaraswamy, who would eventually become Karnataka chief minister, in the run-up to the assembly elections in the state.
The ‘Singham’ actor, who lives in Bengaluru, is also known for his versatile acting. He has featured in a lot of Bollywood and South Indian movies. He is among the celebrities who’ve joined politics such as Anupam Kher, Paresh Rawal, Kamal Haasan and many others.