BENGALURU: On the eve of Karnataka Rajyotsava, actor turned politician Upendra on Tuesday launched his political party Karnataka Prajnavantha Janatha Paksha (KPJP).
"KPIP will field candidates from 224 assembly constituencies. We will do micro level planning. If we get a good number of candidates, we shall not join hands with any regional or national parties. If we lose the election, I will have a satisfaction of making an attempt. Losing election will not stop me from proceeding, shall work better and contest in next elections. At least, when I reach 70 years or so, I should not repent of not trying anything for my society,'' Upendra said.
Upendra told media persons that there was both doubt and hope in his mind before starting the party. “I received tremendous support from people over launching my party,'' he said. According to him, over 50,000 people wrote to him, expressing their interest to be part of the party. At least 1000 people out of them are capable of becoming leaders, he said.
Further, Upendra said if eligible people are contesting from his party, he will be the brand ambassador and shall campaign on their behalf. When asked whether he would be contesting elections, he said they have not decided yet. "It will be discussed and decided, if needed I shall contest,'' he said.
Noted artist Vilas Nayak was invited to paint the concept of his party on board.
Upendra said he wants to give free education and free health facilities including insurance. "Our youths are working for multi-national companies, we are producing labours for these MNCs. We need Smart village concept than Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Smart City. If we make our villages smart, naturally people in cities will come back to villages. In next ten days, a dedicated website and mobile application for KPIP will be launched through which people can get in touch with him directly.
"I would invite people to give their ideas and vision for the city and state,'' he said