Kannada actor Kichcha Sudeep on Wednesday April 5 said that he will campaign for the BJP and neither join them nor run in the next Assembly elections in the State. The announcement comes despite rumours that he will join the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Karnataka. Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai was seated next to him while he spoke to the media.
Sudeep’s announcement that he would support him and stand by him, indicates that he will also run a campaign for the BJP, said Bommai. “Sudeep is not a member of any party. He has come to support me and the political party I belong to,” he added.
“I strongly believe this is a Fake news spread by the desperate, loosing BJP in Karnataka. @KicchaSudeep is far more sensible Citizen to fall prey,” tweeted actor Prakash Raj in response to Sudeep’s announcement.
Kichcha also received a threat letter to which he responded, “Yes, I have received a threat letter and I know who sent it to me. I know who the letter is from. It is from someone in the film industry. I will give a befitting reply to them. I will work in favour of those who stand by my side in my tough times.”
Meanwhile, the Congress mocked CM Bommai and said as no one turns up to listen to Bommai and other BJP leaders, they now have film stars to draw crowd. In response to this Tamil Nadu BJP Chief K. Annamalai shared a photo and asked what about Rahul Gandhi accepting roses from Bollywood actor Swara Bhasker during Bharat Jodo Yatra.
“You Dear Leader was going around accepting roses from an actress who is known to support anti-India forces. Now you are rattled because nationalist voices in the entertainment industry are choosing the BJP!” Annamalai replied to Congress MP Randeep Singh Surjewala who on Kichcha Sudeep’s support to Bommai commented: “People, not Film Stars, will decide fate of Karnataka.”
Following this, a Shivamogga-based lawyer has written to the state poll body, seeking a ban on the relay of Kichcha Sudeep’s movies till the election is over. He claimed that Sudeep’s television shows and movies will have a direct influence on voters’ thoughts by citing the model code of conduct.