Mumbai, Jan 2: The National Award-winning actor Prakash Raj, who has been critical of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government, announced on Tuesday that he will contest the Lok Sabha election as an independent candidate.
The actor made the declaration in a tweet.
“Happy New Year to everyone. A new beginning… more responsibilities… With your support, I will be contesting in the coming Parliament elections as an independent candidate. Details of the constituency soon. Ab ki baar Janata ki sarkar,” Prakash tweeted.
The actor has often used social media and public platforms to criticise Modi and the BJP, especially on issues like intolerance and vigilante attacks. He has not indicated from where he will contest.
In November, Raj had posted a tweet referring to Modi: “Dear Supreme Leader… before giving gyan on foul language to other parties… will you and your party begin Swachh Bharat first from your own motor mouths?”
Raj had also claimed that Bollywood filmmakers stopped offering him roles as he has been critical of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government.
Prakash is a known name in the southern film industry. He has featured in movies like “Iruvar”, “Anthapuram” and “Kanchivaram”. He has also made his presence felt in Bollywood with movies like “Singham” and “Wanted”.
The actor is the latest celebrity to join politics from the south after veterans Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan.