Actor Prakash Raj said on Monday that he had no intention of returning the awards given in recognition of his talent.Raj’s clarification follows his remark on Sunday that politicians like UP CM Yogi Adityanath are bigger actors and they deserved the national awards given to him.
Raj’s remarks at the inauguration of state conference of CPM’s youth wing DYFI in Bengaluru were perceived as an intention to return his awards. At the event, he had criticized PM Modi for his silence on trolls hurling abuses on social media against those who condemned Gauri Lankesh’s murder. “I haven’t heard such bad language in all my life, that the trolls are using against me on Twitter and Facebook. It is astonishing that these people are being followed by the prime minister, and the PM is silent about it,” said Raj. Referring to the UP chief minister being a pontiff and also holding the CM’s office, Raj said Adityanath was performing a dual role, like an actor.