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PTI bengaluru India
Updated: 05-01-2019 23:03 IST

Announcing his foray into

politics, critically-acclaimed actor Prakash Raj Saturday said

he will be contesting the coming Lok Sabha elections from the

Bengaluru Central constituency as an independent candidate.

The National Award-winning actor made the declaration

in a tweet.

"#2019 parliament elections.Thank you for the warm n

encouraging response to my new journey.. will be contesting

from Bengaluru central constituency#Karnataka as an


"Will share the details with the media in few

days..#citizensvoice #justasking in parliament too...," the

Bengaluru-born Raj said on Twitter.

Welcoming his decision, the Aam Aadmi party extended

support, saying all good people should come into politics.

"Renowned Actor @prakashraaj plans to contest Lok Sabha

elections, @AamAadmiParty offers open support to him. In a

party meeting in Bangalore, Dy CM @msisodia welcomes the

decision, says all good ppl (sic) are welcome in politics."

Raj thanked the party for the support.

"Thank you @AamAadmiParty Dy CM @msisodia and to every

single cadre for the assuring support to my political

journey..." the actor tweeted.

Raj has been vocal about his views on the current

BJP-led government at the Centre. He has also been one of

those seeking justice for his friend and journalist Gauri

Lankesh, who was shot outside her residence in September 2017.

The actor earlier claimed that Bollywood filmmakers

stopped offering him roles as he has been critical of the

Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government.

Raj is the latest celebrity to join politics from

south after veterans Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan.

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