Kannada actor Upendra wants to try his hand in electoral politics after his failed attempt during the 2018 assembly polls.
The Uttama Prajakeeya Party (UPP), headed by actor Upendra, has announced its decision to contest in all 28 Lok Sabha constituencies in the State with autorickshaw as the symbol.
The process of selection of candidates has already commenced. The party will announce its candidates in a fortnight.
He was initially part of Karnataka Pragnyavantara Janata Party (KPJP) but quit due to differences with party leaders over selection of candiates. Upendra said his party had got ‘autorickshaw’ as symbol from the Election Commission and added that he’s also an aspirant for a ticket and has to clear the selection process.
When asked whether he would contest in the polls, Upendra said he was one among the aspirants for party ticket and like others, he had to pass through the selection process. “A list of candidates would be announced in the next 15 to 20 days, as over 20 people have already approached the party and their applications are being processed,” he said.
On whether UPP would support actor Prakash Rai, who is contesting from Bengaluru Central constituency as an Independent candidate, Upendra said: “Norms of selection is applicable to all. If he comes out with a good manifesto, UPP will support him. If he comes with a pro-people manifesto for the constituency, my party will support him,’’ he added.
Upendra said: “People are asking us what our understanding of politics and democracy is. Our answer is ‘we don’t know anything; we don’t do anything except what you say’. We approach the people on this basic premise.”
He said that UPP would not support any political party after getting elected and will protect its identity. In case the “democracy faces threat”, the party might think of extending external support, he added.