Wednesday, May 22, 2024

I’m here because I’m not comfortable with King Modi’s rule: Prakash Raj supports Shashi Tharoor in Thiruvananthapuram

“I am an artist. I’m not a politician participating in electoral politics. But I believe every citizen is a part of politics. People love me because I’m not silent. I love Kerala. I’m here because I’m not comfortable with King Modi’s rule,” Prakash Raj said in Kerala’s Thiruvananthapuram.

Prakash Raj added that this was one of the most important elections of all times.

“A few of us had foreseen that this ‘king’ will destroy our country. He was allowed to rule for another five years last time. We need to undo what this ‘king’ has done,” he said.

“When we formed this country, we did not want kings. We dreamt of a federal state. We cannot have a common farm law in this country. One language, one religion, one food- this is a dangerous precedent,” added the award winning actor.

Prakash Raj praised Congress candidate Shashi Tharoor as “the best-spoken Malayali and a statesman” to whom even international politicians would listen.

Addressing a press conference here, the actor said, “I know the Left candidate . He is a nice person and a good politician. But I think the Left made a mistake by fielding a candidate against Tharoor.”

Expressing doubts over the claims made by Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)‘s candidate for the Thiruvananthapuram constituency, in his election affidavit, the actor has said that it was inexplicable that a man who runs a media house and owns luxury cars claims to be poor.

“I don’t know if I have to be happy or sad to know that Mr. Chandrasekhar is poorer than me. According to his affidavit, his taxable income for the year 2021-2022 was a mere ₹680. He has assets across the world, but he is intelligent enough to evade tax. If the king of this country wants to punish those who cheat the poor by not sharing their wealth, shouldn’t this fellow be the number one criminal? I dare him to come here next to me and answer my questions in front of you all,” said Raj.

“They can bring in electoral bonds to this country, they can take the highest amount of bonds and after the Supreme Court says it is illegal, the Finance Minister has the arrogance to say that if we come back, we will bring back the electoral bonds. This man represents that party. He could not even demand ₹500 per head of relief for poor farmers of his State when the king was busy making a ₹3,000 crore statue and taking a selfie. This man could not ask his party any questions regarding Manipur. Now he is promising heaven and earth in Thiruvananthapuram. He has never fought an election. He has muscled his way into politics using money,” alleged Raj.

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