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Dr Rajkumar Believed In Women Empowerment: Shivaraj Kumar

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Updated: Thursday, March 20, 2014, 17:39 [IST]

Sandalwood King Shivaraj Kumar aka Shivanna, who has revealed that he will campaign for his wife Geetha, a JDS nominee from Shimoga constituency, has said that his father Dr Rajkumar had never hated politics and he believed in women empowerment. It was said that Raj's family will never see themselves in politics as Kannada's cultural icon Dr Rajkumar had maintained a safe distance from it.

Dr Rajkumar's eldest daughter-in-law Geetha Shivaraj Kumar has broken Raj's family myth by filing the nomination for upcoming Lok Sabha polls. Defending his wife's stand, Shivanna said, "Our father was personally not interested in joining politics. But he never hated it. He never advised any of us against getting into this field. It's not a crime to join politics." The actor had accompanied his wife for the press conference, which was recently held in Bangalore.

Shivanna also said that if his father Dr Rajkumar had disliked the politics, he would have never let him to marry Geetha, who is the daughter of Karnataka's ex-Chief Minister Bangarappa. "My Father had believed in women empowerment and freedom, and he always used to encourage my mother, who handles Vajreshwari combines," says Shivanna, who clears that he would campaign for his wife, but not for party. Continue reading the story on slide show...

I Believe In My Father's Principles

"I believe in my father's principles," says Shivaraj Kumar, who is busy campaigning for her wife in Shimoga.

No Rift Between Me And My Brothers

Shivaraj Kumar denied him having rift between his brothers and mother. He said, "I love my brothers and mother. Though I live separately, we visit each other and participate in religious and other programmes.''

Shivanna Won't Force His Brothers To Campaign For His Wife

Shivaraj Kumar said, "I won't force them to campaign for his wife. It's left to them. I respect their decision and space."

Puneet Rajkumar Is Not Campaigning

On the other hand, Shivanna's younger brother Puneet has confirmed that he will not be campaigning for his sister-in-law and he will follow his father's steps by keeping away from politics.

Shivanna Is Short-Tempered

When asked about his political entry, Shivaraj Kumar said, "I am short-tempered. I don't think I am suitable for politics."

Topics: shivaraj kumar, dr rajkumar, geetha shivaraj kumar, puneet rajkumar
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Story first published:  Thursday, March 20, 2014, 14:22 [IST]
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