Previously on January 4, the actor had attended a volunteer meeting of the AAP in Bengaluru.

Actor Prakash Raj meets Kejriwal days after announcing he will contest LS polls
news Politics Friday, January 11, 2019 - 08:17

Days after the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) extended support to multilingual actor Prakash Raj for deciding to contest the Lok Sabha election as an independent candidate, he met AAP leader and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in Delhi on Thursday.

At the meeting held at Kejriwal's residence, the two discussed a number of issues.

"Met Kejriwal, thanked him and AAP for the support in my political journey. Discussed and requested to share various ways to address issues which his team has commendably done," tweeted the actor, who has been critical of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government.

"We need people like Prakash Raj to enter Parliament. Prakashji ... AAP fully supports u and we agree with your decision to fight as an independent candidate. We need independent and non-partisan voices too in Parliament," Kejriwal tweeted.

This meeting comes after the actor took part in a AAP volunteers meeting held in Bengaluru on January 4. Other than AAP’s state convenor, Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia was also present in that meeting.  

Multi-lingual actor Prakash Raj has been meeting politicians since he announced his decision to contest from Bengaluru Central constituency on New Year’s Day. He had got support from the AAP and TRS swiftly following his announcement.

The actor is likely to face BJP's PC Mohan, who had defeated Congress leader Rizwan Arshad by over one lakh votes in the 2014 Lok Sabha election to retain the seat he had earlier won in 2009. The constituency was carved from Bengaluru North and Bengaluru South constituencies after the delimitation process.

He had been vocal in the run up to  the State Assembly elections in Karnataka when he made critical statements about the BJP including against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah.  

The actor-turned-politician cited hat the murder of close friend and journalist Gauri Lankesh was one of the reasons for his foray into activism and eventually politics.

With IANS inputs


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