Kannada star Upendra to join politics

Claudine Rigal
Августа 13, 2017

Kannada actor Upendra on Friday announced that he would launch his own political party, which would be free of corruption.

He recommended the knowledge of the candidates about the constituency they will be representing be tested with a written exam and those who pass should be given the party ticket.

Even as many are skeptical about whether his yet-to-be named party will be successful, considering there's little space for another new political outfit in Karnataka, Upendra was optimistic that he wants to redefine "Rajakiya" (politics) with "Prajakiya" as praja (people) are more important. The elected representatives should work honestly in using tax payer's money for the welfare of the people.

Citing issues such as Cauvery water dispute, farmer suicide, Kalasa Banduri, Upendra pressed the need of leaders who tackle and find solutions to the problems rather than making excuses. We have Pawan Kalyan who heads a party here and in Tamilnadu there Rajinikanth will be starting his party soon and Kamal Haasan has similar plans.

This is not the first time that a big star is entering politics.

"Somebody has to take the responsibility to change things".

"I will start a political party without any "party fund". I won't be doing grand promotional campaigns like other parties.

In a press conference held at Ruppis resort in Bengaluru, Upendra announced the launch of a public platform to bring together all the like-minded people to discuss and resolve systemic problems that previal in the society. You won't also see big banners or posters of my party. "I will run my campaigns with the help of social media, TV channels and news publications".

Upendra said he was neither afraid of failure or arrogant of possible victory. Quoting a verse from Hindu scripture Bhagavad Gita, he supported his thought- Karmanye Vadhikaraste Ma Phaleshu Kadachana (You have the right to perform your actions, but you are not entitled to the fruits). On the other hand, BJP president Amit Shah is in Bangalore city on 3-day tour.

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