BENGALURU: Popular actor Prakash Raj has confirmed that he will contest the 2019 general elections as an independent candidate from Bengaluru Central constituency.
Raj, who has been extremely vocal of Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led BJP government, had announced on January 1 that he will enter politics stating "abki baar janata ki sarkar (this time, it will be the people's government)".
Raj took to Twitter to make the announcement.
The actor also thanked people for their warm wishes and encouraging him to enter into politics.
"2019 PARLIAMENT ELECTIONS. Thank you for the warm and encouraging response to my new journey.. I will be contesting from BENGALURU CENTRAL constituency KARNATAKA as an INDEPENDENT..will share the Details with the media in few days (sic)," he tweeted.
#2019 PARLIAMENT ELECTIONS.Thank you for the warm n encouraging response to my new journey.. I will be contesting from BENGALURU CENTRAL constituency #KARNATAKA as an INDEPENDENT..will share the Details with the media in few days..#citizensvoice #justasking in parliament too... pic.twitter.com/wJN4WaHlZP
— Prakash Raj (@prakashraaj) January 5, 2019
In the tweet, Raj also posted an image showing the eight assembly constituencies that fall under the Bangalore Central parliamentary constituency.
The eight assembly constituencies under Bengaluru Central are Gandhi Nagar, Charajpet, Sarvagnanagar, Shanti Nagar, Rajaji Nagar, CV Raman Nagar, Shivajinagar and Mahadevapura.
The actor-cum-politician is likely to contest against BJP's PC Mohan, who has held the Bengaluru Central seat since 2009.
Raj is the third prominent actor after Rajnikanth and Kamal Haasan to enter politics in the last one year.
He is known for his anti-BJP stance and has been vocal in seeking justice for his friend and journalist Gauri Lankesh, who was shot outside her residence in September 2017.
Raj had earlier claimed that Bollywood stopped offering him roles as he has been critical of Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre.
The 2019 general elections are due to be held between April or May to constitute the seventeenth Lok Sabha.