"Bihar's condition has changed over the last few years and it is at a point of development from where it needs to jump forth with investments. I felt the need for political intervention to promote this environment of industry and entrepreneurship," Jha told reporters in Patna.
    
Jha, contesting on Janata Dal (United) ticket from Bettiah Parliamentary seat in West Champaran district, though associated with Bollywood, would not call film actors to seek votes for him.
    
"Though the glamour of Bollywood is associated with me, I will not invite any actor to campaign for me. I didn't call them during the previous elections also. When it comes to actors, I am the biggest actor," said Jha.
    
Criticizing the BJP for cozying up with Raj Thackeray's Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, which attacked people from Bihar, Jha said, "I have always protested the attacks. I talked to Raj Thackeray regarding this. Now the BJP is shaking hands with MNS."
    
The film director who has given Bollywood hits like 'Mrityudand', 'Gangajal', 'Apahran', 'Aarakshan' and 'Rajneeti' as well as the recent 'Satyagraha' is contesting the Lok Sabha polls for the third time.
    
Jha had unsuccessfully contested as an Independent in 2004 and on Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) ticket in 2009 from Bettiah seat.
    
He is pitted against Sanjay Jaiswal of BJP and Raghunath Jha of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD).

(Agencies)

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