Kannada superstar Upendra yesterday announced the formation of a new political party which will contest the assembly elections in Karnataka early next year.
“I want my party to be run by the people for the people to meet their needs. It is an open platform for people to bring forth their ideas for a better society,” Upendra said at a news conference held at Gandhi Bhavan here.
“Ever since I entered films, I’ve expressed my desire to step into politics. I’ve been wanting to bring about a change in governance and to serve people,” said the 50-year-old Upendra, who was accompanied by his actress wife Priyanka Upendra, parents and members from the Kannada film industry.
The Karnataka Pragnyavantha Janata Party (Karnataka Enlightened People’s Party), was announced just two days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the state expressing confidence in his Bharatiya Janata Party winning the upcoming state polls.
Upendra said his party will contest from all the 224 assembly constituencies.
“There may only be a few months for the elections. But we consider working towards making a change important,” he said.
Attacking the current political system, he said politicians only make promises but do not deliver.
“We know of leaders promising many things to people but not keeping their word after coming to power,” he said, promising that his party would ensure “transparency” in every aspect of governance to remove corruption in the system.
Asserting the party would focus on education, infrastructure and agriculture, he said: “I’ve been asking people to give me suggestions on the areas we need to work on. Many youngsters have expressed their disappointment with the current education system, which we want to transform.”
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