BJP Hungers For Power, Trying To Silence Dissent, Says Actor Prakash Raj

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Accusing the BJP of having a "hunger to hold on to power", Prakash Raj said it was leading to a situation where people like him "could not speak".

Noted South Indian actor Prakash Raj, who has drawn fire from supporters of the BJP and the central government with his critical comments in recent months, on Sunday launched yet another attack.

The actor Prakash Raj whose remarks on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's silence after journalist Gauri Lankesh's murder had recently made headlines -- censured the ruling BJP in no uncertain terms, for, he said, trying to "silence dissent".

Accusing the BJP of having a "hunger to hold on to power", the 52-year-old actor Prakash Raj said it was leading to a situation where people like him "could not speak".

Prakash Raj told a press conference on Sunday, "Hasn't this been happening for quite some time? Wasn't Shah Rukh Khan sidelined? Wasn't Aamir Khan sidelined? Wasn't he removed from being an ambassador? Weren't some of his commercials stopped? My commercials are being stopped too. I can't speak about the commercials because there is money involved,"

The trend of intolerance, he said, has become stronger lately. "You pass a law on the cow. Just because you have doubts, you kill somebody. If a young couple is sitting, you pelt stone and assault and make a young couple marry. Are you a representative of this country? If this is not instilling fear, what is?" Prakash Raj asked.

Prakash Raj suggested that there is a "silent majority" of people who have realized what he called their "Mistake" in voting for the BJP.

But the actor Prakash Raja hastened to add that he was skeptical of all political parties. He also said he did not approve of actors joining politics only because they are popular and termed it as a disaster. He advised, "they should come with a clear perception of issues facing the country".

"You'll see me -- as time goes by I don't belong to one particular brand. At this moment, there is something I'm fighting. I have no faith in any political party," Prakash Raj has said.

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