Prakash Raj slams rumours around backing Congress
Actor-turned-politician Prakash Raj, who is contesting from Bengaluru Central seat as an independent candidate in the Lok Sabha elections has hit back the gossips around him that he has joined hands with Congress. In an exclusive interview given to ANI on Wednesday, the veteran actor rubbished the photograph and the false facts attached to it which are being circulated on social media.
“As a part of the candidate debate, I happened to meet Rizwan Ahmed, the Congress candidate from Bengaluru Central as a part of which I shook hands with him. Congress has made a photograph of it and is circulating it on WhatsApp and social media groups with a tag ‘Prakash Raj supports Congress. Don't waste your vote by giving it to Prakash Raj’. This was a deliberate move from Mazhar Ahmed who claims to be Rizwan's PA,” stated Raj.
The 54-year-old actor said that he telephoned to the responsible people and slammed the sick claim that he backed the grand old party. He also said that leaders need to talk on the issues with ethics rather stooping so low with the thirst of winning.
Prakash lashed out on the way the ruling and opposition parties are dealing with minorities. "If you want to empower minorities, you need to bring leadership in them upon which they embrace inclusiveness in this country. But, this is not happening. The parties are just using minorities as a vote bank. This is sad," he remarked.
Opining on the win-lose situations of the parties, Raj said as follows: "Who are you to defeat anybody? In a country's election, parties or individuals don't win. If you choose the wrong person, people lose. But, if you choose the right person, citizens win. We have to see it in that way."
When asked about his course of action if he were elected as an MP, the veteran actor said that he will sit in the Parliament for the people and will ensure that people friendly policies are made. “If any policy made is not pro-people, I will be the first person to raise my voice. A single parliamentarian is not one parliamentarian. He or she has got that many lakhs of people." He also commented on the cases where film actors have gone back to the industry after joining politics. He said that he is not one such actor and he was feeling more liberated living his comfort zone.