The Aam Aadmi Party on Friday extended support to actor Prakash Raj, who will contest the Lok Sabha election as an independent candidate.
The actor, who has been critical of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government, had announced on Tuesday that he would contest the Lok Sabha election as an independent candidate, without naming the constituency.
"I welcome the decision of Prakash Raj and all good people are welcome in politics," AAP leader Manish Sisodia said in a meeting in Bangalore with the actor and the party's volunteers.
Renowned Actor @prakashraaj declares to contest Loksabha Elections 2019, @AamAadmiParty offered open support to him in a meeting organised by @AAPBangalore in presence of Senior Leader & Delhi Dy CM @msisodia, State Convenor @aapkaprithvi & other Leadership. pic.twitter.com/gdSdU0S8VA— AAP (@AamAadmiParty) January 4, 2019
The party, in a tweet, said it "offered open support to him". The actor, in response, thanked the AAP and Sisodia "for the assuring support to my political journey".
The meeting was organised by the Bangalore unit of the party in presence of Karnataka Convenor Prithvi Reddy.
Earlier, the actor had tweeted saying: "I will be contesting in the coming parliamentary elections as an independent candidate. Details of the constituency soon".
After his announcement, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi had also offered him support.