Bengaluru, Jan. 1 -- Actor and activist, Prakash Raj on Tuesday announced to contest the 2019 Lok Sabha elections as an independent candidate that carries forward his agenda of taking on the rise of extreme right wing forces in the country. Taking to Twitter right at the beginning of 2019, Raj announced his decision stating, "a new beginning .. more responsibility.. with UR support I will be contesting in the coming parliament elections as an INDEPENDENT CANDIDATE."

Considered close to former Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah, Raj had campaigned in favour of the leader in the May assembly elections.

He said that he would share the details of the constituency at a later time. Raj, who is a popular actor in Bollywood as well as Tamil,...