Actor-turned-politician Prakash Raj from the Bangalore Central constituency has put up a poor show. The independent candidate could end up only at the third spot as the 2019 Lok Sabha polls were counted.
As the counting concluded by Thursday evening, he got 28,906 odd votes while his rivals P.C. Mohan and Rizwan Arshad had gained more than 6 and 5 lakh votes respectively. BJP’s P.C. Mohan emerged as the winner to complete hat-trick wins from Bangalore Central.
a SOLID SLAP on my face ..as More ABUSE..TROLL..and HUMILIATION come my way..I WILL STAND MY GROUND ..My RESOLVE to FIGHT for SECULAR INDIA will continue..A TOUGH JOURNEY AHEAD HAS JUST BEGUN ..THANK YOU EVERYONE WHO WERE WITH ME IN THIS JOURNEY. …. JAI HIND
— Prakash Raj (@prakashraaj) May 23, 2019
In Bangalore Central, he ran an enthusiastic and vigorous campaign but was not seen in political circles as a serious contender.
During the elections, a photograph of a shake-hand between Prakash Raj and Rizwan had gone viral on social media platforms, which was captioned, ‘Prakash Raj supports Congress. Don’t waste your vote by giving it to Prakash Raj.’ Later, Prakash Raj slammed these fake posts of him backing the Congress, but it could not stop the campaign.
He was facing a strong BJP candidate in P.C. Mohan and another popular Congress candidate in Rizwan Arshad. Congress circles were sore that he would only divide the ‘secular vote’, those on the Right termed him ‘anti-Hindu’, but Prakash Raj was always insisting that his message to the electorate of Bangalore Central was about education, healthcare and the lack of jobs.
In an interview to Indianexpress.com, he said “I don’t have to think of poverty all my life though I’ve come from a poor background. I have nothing to lose, I have everything to gain.