Political News, State, (Bengaluru), March 22:-South Indian multi-lingual actor Prakash Raj on Friday filed his nomination to contest the Lok Sabha elections from Bangalore Central constituency as an Independent.
Raj, 53, who hails from this tech city, is a popular actor in Kannada, Telugu, Tamil and Hindi films.
“National parties like BJP and Congress have failed the people. I would like to be the voice of the people,” Raj told the media after filing his nomination.
The actor will be contesting from the seat against BJP’s outgoing MP PC Mohan, who too filed his nomination from Bangalore Central seat on Friday.
The Congress is yet to announce its candidate from the constituency.
Delhi’s ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has announced its support to Prakash Raj.
In the run up to Karnataka assembly election, the actor had extensively campaigned against the BJP, while not identifying himself with any political party. Bengaluru Central is currently represented in the Lok Sabha by PC Mohan of the BJP. If Raj manages to win the seat, he would be scripting history of sorts as the last time an independent candidate won a Lok Sabha election in the state was Dinakara Desai (D D Dattatreya) from the Kanara constituency of the erstwhile Mysore state in 1967. He was preceded by another independent Sugandhi Murugappa Siddappa, who won from Bijapur North in 1957.
From 1951, when free India’s first general election was held, to the last one held in 2014, a total of 2,337 independents have contested the polls in Karnataka. That only two have won thus far shows that Karnataka’s electorate has not been kind to independents.
-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)