Accused of violating model code of conduct Prakash Raj files nomination, met with pro-Modi slogans
The popular actor-politician Prakash Raj, who filed his nomination to contest from Bangalore Central constituency in the upcoming election was met with pro-Modi slogans as he was seen exiting the nomination centre. Raj has reportedly been booked by the Election Commission for violating the model code of conduct.
Bengaluru: Indian actor Prakash Raj also known popularly as Prakash Rai in Karnataka filed his nomination as an independent candidate from Bengaluru Central constituency. As he was seen exiting the building, after filing his nomination, a huge gathering met him with pro-Modi slogans.
The miffed actor tried to engage in conversation with the crowd, but they would have none of it. The flustered actor-politician left in haste.
He had earlier claimed that Bollywood stopped offering him roles as he has been critical of Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government.
Prakash Raj was also reportedly booked for violating the model code of conduct on Thursday. The Election Commission alleged that that the independent candidate, during an event held on MG Road in Bengaluru, used a microphone to campaign. Prakash Raj has reportedly told police that the event held on March 12 was under the banner ‘Media and Freedom of Expression’ and was apolitical.
As the event was held after the model code of conduct came into effect, the Election Commission booked Prakash Raj under various sections of the Representation of People's Act and also under the Karnataka Police Act.
Mobile videos circulated on Whatsapp came into the radar of the Flying Squad of the Election Commission who allege that Prakash Raj used a microphone to campaign and seek votes during his speech.
The FIR lodged at Cubbon Park Police Station also listed two event organisers Praveen and Abhilash.
Raj is the third star actor after Rajnikanth and Kamal Haasan to enter politics in 2018. He is known for his anti-BJP stance. He will however face stiff competition in PC Mohan of the BJP who has been a sitting MP from Bangalore Central constituency since 2009
Prakash Raj has reportedly been endorsed by the TRS and AAP.