At a time when BJP chief Amit Shah and Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi were in Karnataka in view of the upcoming state elections, Kannada actor Upendra threw a surprise by floating his own political outfit on Saturday. Clad in a khaki shirt, the "real star" as called by his fans, said the dress symbolizes that the party doesn't want "Jana nayaka" or "Jana sevaka" (public leader or public servant), but "Jana karmika" (public worker) who stays in a particular area and honestly works for people there, for a salary. The actor has wrapped up shooting for the movie Upendra Matte Hutti Ba, Inti prema. Upendra has also confirmed the news by saying that he will start a political party without any "party fund". "Everyone should come forward, it is an open form. Lets all- people- join together for a new beginning", he added. I am now making an attempt to change " he said. "I am ready to take it".
For now, Sandalwood star Upendra has tried to put a full stop to all the speculations which suggested that he may join BJP.
Ahead of the announcement, the actor on Friday night sent an audio clip on Whatsapp and through Facebook indicating his imminent plunge into politics. "Once it gets formalized, I will share with you", he said.
Upendra has said he will select the candidates representing his party only based on merits.
"Our legislators may not need basic educational qualifications to contest elections", Upendra said.
Upendra said he won't be following the traditional ways to run his political campaign. He said he don't believe in the concept of public service as all politicians get paid for the services they provide.
He said he had one more film commitment and after completing it, he will entirely dedicate his time and energy for his party cause.
Upendra did not formally announce the name of his new political party, but gave hint of announcing the party name, symbol and other details soon.