In Bengaluru Central, Prakash Raj's Fight Isn't Just Against the BJP

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Actor Prakash Raj, a strident critic of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP government, is contesting as an independent candidate this election from Bengaluru Central.

Raj is up against BJP’s PC Mohan, a two-time MP from the seat, and Congress’ Rizwan Arshad.

The actor has spoken of his indifference towards both the BJP and the Congress, saying they are not ‘secular’.

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He has instead chosen to campaign for other parties like AAP and candidates like Kanhaiya Kumar.

“If I win the election, I will work for people and if I lose, I will make the elected representative work,” he told The Hindu

Among his campaign promises are a solution to integrated public transport, affordable housing, model government schools, right to and at work, access to qualitative health and education and legislative measures to ensure social security and equal opportunity to all marginalised groups.

He told NDTV, “The last ten years we see a decade that they sit at home when they win the election... as I talk about the issues which are really haunting the city and they realise — yes we are also responsible for electing the wrong people. I think Karnataka, India is ready for alternative politics.”

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