BJP is cancer, says Prakash Raj

Multilingual actor and activist Prakash Raj on Friday said he has been training his guns on the BJP more than Congress or the Janata Dal (S) because he is worried more about cancer than cough or cold.

Replying to a question on his silence on Congress and JD(S), the actor who founded #JustAsking campaign said he will start questioning them at a time when he considers it appropriate.

“I am not in support of any party. But I am against any party that seeks to rule through communalism. Right now, we see national leaders speaking in a dictatorial tone about ‘ruling’ the entire country by ridding it of opposition parties. We need to remind them that they have been elected to serve the people, not rule them,” he said.

He said that during his tour of the state over the last few days, he had to clarify to election officials time and again that he was not speaking in support of any political leader. “I am not  asking people to vote for a particular party. I am only telling them not to vote for BJP. It is left to them to act on it,” he said.

To a question on contesting as a Congress candidate from Mangaluru Lok Sabha constituency in the 2019 elections, Raj replied in the negative and said the foundation would never turn into a political party.

“I am meeting leaders and asking them questions because I chose not to believe the rumours. I meet (Telangana chief minister) KCR or JD(S) leaders Deve Gowda and Kumaraswamy, to ensure that there are enough leaders to fight communalism. If people misunderstand me, I am prepared to explain,” he said.

Stating that his campaign is aimed at spreading political awareness among common people, he gave the example of the ongoing case against Mysuru MP Pratap Simha to explain that questioning people in power as citizens, must be our natural right.

Asked for his stand on the Cauvery row at a time when statements by actors Rajinikanth and Kamal Hassan have angered people in the state, Prakash Raj said he chose not to speak about the issue till he has the facts. “I have been meeting experts to learn about it. The issue has been politicised to such an extent that they say it is impossible to reach a one-time solution,” he said.

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