As kids, we often wrote imaginative pieces on what would we do if we became the prime minister. Taking a cue from that practice and in view of the Lok Sabha elections, HT spoke to Sukhwinder Singh to list out his plans and priorities while imagining himself as an MP.
What would be your USP as a politician?
Politicians are usually defined as ‘Saazish karne wale’ (people who play politics) and playing politics against people is not my cup of tea. I would never be a politician; I would rather be a good leader.
Who is your favourite politician and why?
After Lal Bahadur Shastri, there hardly has been any leader whom I could admire. The aura Shastri and leaders like Subhas Chandra Bose and BR Ambedkar had is missing today.
Who is the most well-dressed politician in these Lok Sabha elections?
I find Rahul Gandhi cute with those dimples that add to his personality, but he would look more presentable if he dressed up like his great grandfather Jawaharlal Nehru, who was one of the most well-dressed politicians.
What would be your work timings?
Having fixed timings would affect my productivity. If I had to be a good leader and work for the nation in the real sense, I shouldn’t be bound by timing.
Would you have personal security?
Security is important while at work, but at times, like everyone else, I would like to be free to walk and spend time with my girlfriend (says in a lighter vein).
Which Bollywood actor would you rope in for your campaign?
I am a celebrity and won’t need a celebrity to campaign for me. I will ensure that my campaign is full of life where I can sing patriotic songs like ‘Jai ho’ and ‘Chak de India’.
How would you dress up if you became an MP?
I would be the most stylish leader. I would wear branded clothes and carry exorbitant sunglasses. It is important for an MP to look good and be stylish.
Which car would you like to travel in?
I would drive anything, which I have bought with my hard-earned money. It could be a luxury car or a bike.
What would be your pitch to connect with the youth?
When people ask me where I come from, before saying Punjab I say ‘India’. This is what has to be inculcated in the youth and I will do that.
How would you inspire the youth to go out and vote?
The day the youth will learn to say ‘I am an Indian’ and the spirit of patriotism is inculcated in the youth by good leaders, I am sure they would automatically vote.
What would be your slogan?
‘Saare Jahan Se Achcha Woh Hindustan Kahan Hai’. I sang this song in the film ‘Kaanchi’ and that’s the best slogan I would have.
What would be your symbol?
Ashok Chakra. That would make the nation remember the great king Asoka’s humility where after the Kalinga war he apologised to the entire world.
Issues you would raise in Parliament.
I would ensure that if I am consuming healthy food, people should also have non-adulterated food. I would ensure that I do 20 fund raising live shows for hockey in a year, as I am a fan of the greatest player of the game, Dhyan Chand ji.