Kannada actor to float political party

Kannada superstar Upendra yesterday announced he was entering politics and will float a new party soon to serve the people without the burden of caste, religion and discrimination.
“I am entering the field of politics to bring about a change in the system of governance, serve the people and improve their quality of life,” Upendra told reporters here. The 49-year-old hero has created three e-mail IDs to seek ideas and suggestions from people and their willingness to join him in serving as a ‘worker’ of his would-be party.
“I am starting with an open mind and a clean state, as I want my party to be run by the people for the people to meet their needs and aspirations as an ordinary worker,” he said at the press conference at his resort Ruppi’s on the outskirts of Bengaluru.
Noting politics was an art of serving the people, Upendra lamented that the present system of governance was not able to meet the needs or growing aspirations of the people.
“Politics is about the people, not politicians. For some reason, the system has been corrupted. In a real democracy, people are the kings and ministers are their servants who are paid salaries from the money collected from us as taxes,” said the actor-turned-director.
Regretting that even after 70 years, political parties play vote bank politics to win elections and spend huge amounts of money for public rallies and meetings, he said: “Sadly, politics in our country relies on mass hysteria, caste, religion, money, fame and popularity to survive or thrive. This needs to be changed.
“Using technology, we can reach the people through television, Internet, mobile and social media and connect with them for feedback on what they would like a party like ours to do for them.”
Upendra said he was attempting to create a new platform for as many people to join him in his fight against the present system of governance mired in corruption, delays and poor delivery.
“I will reveal the name of the party and its symbol after studying the responses from the public by e-mail or in person. We need a ‘Swachh government’ as much as ‘Swachh Bharat’,” he said.