Bengaluru: Actor Prakash Raj, who is contesting from Bangalore Central as an independent, is not against giving conditional support to a political party if elected.
Revealing this at a Meet-the-Press programme here on Thursday, he claimed he had received information from the intelligence wing of the police that he would poll over three lakh votes.
“Just because I am independent, I am not alone. AAP, CPI, CPM, Tamil and Telugu organisations and even JD(S) workers are working for me,”' he said and added, “I decided to contest from Bengaluru Central on January 1. Since then I have been visiting slums and various parts of the constituency.”
Reiterating his animosity to the Prime Minister, he said, “Personally, I am against Mr Modi becoming Prime Minister again.” But in his view the manifestos of both the Congress and BJP lack vision and “read like a bundle of jokes.” “Both parties don’t know that mention of a stable budget and health and education are missing from their manifestos and talk only about national security. Both talk of giving Rs 6,000 a month to people and loan waiver,” he deplored.
As the for the coalition government in the state, he called it superficial. “The workers (of the two parties) at the grassroots fought for years and their dignity is at stake now. This is why some of the JD(S) and Congress workers are working against their own parties,” he noted.
On Bengaluru’s troubles, Mr Raj observed that its traffic needed streamlining and its education and health system needed improvement. “The condition of government schools and hospitals is so poor that the people are forced to go to private schools and hospitals. It has become a mafia,” he maintained....