Need people like Prakash Raj in Parliament: Arvind Kejriwal
NEW DELHI: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday met the
newest celebrity entrant to politics, actor-film-maker Prakash Raj. Without elaborating, his Aam Aadmi Party said the two had discussed "various issues". Raj, who had been seeking justice for his friend — murdered journalist Gauri Lankesh – had often been critical of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
He also spoke in support of Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, saying his allegedly misogynistic remarks have been had been taken out of context.
Announcing his entry to politics last week, Raj — known for films like "Iruvar," "Anthapuram" and "Kanchivaram" — said he would contest the coming national elections as an Independent candidate from the Bengaluru Central constituency.
Raj has been the third noted actor from southern cinema to turn to politics over the last two years. His predecessors were Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan, towering figures in the film industry.
Haasan had welcomed Prakash Raj into politics last week, tweeting, "Wishing my friend Prakash Raj all the very best in his political journey. Thanks for walking the talk". The actor-director-producer had launched his party, the Makkal Needhi Maiam, last year.
The Aam Aadmi Party has also extended support to Raj, saying all good people were "welcome" in politics.